After "The Amazing Spider-Man" made a splash at the box office when it was released last year, the biggest unanswered question centered on who would fill the role of Mary Jane Watson in the anticipated sequels.
Last fall, it was announced last fall that starlet Shailene Woodley had been cast to play Mary Jane, joining returning stars Andrew Garfield in the title role and Emma Stone as his first love, Gwen Stacy.
However, earlier this week, it was revealed that The Descendants actress, who had dyed her hair to match Mary Jane's scarlet tresses, would not appear in the film after all. CNN reports that the film’s director, Marc Webb, released a statement, saying it was a storytelling decision and that the role has been cut from the film.
“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” he said. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
At this point, it is unclear whether the role of Mary Jane Watson will be recast for the third and fourth films in the new franchise, which were greenlit earlier this month. Still, Woodley, whose TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” ended its run on ABC Family earlier this month, seems to be taking the decision in stride.
“Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film,” she said, according to CNN.
Either way, there’s no need to feel too bad for Woodley, who appears on the cover of the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly for her role in the upcoming young adult book-to-movie adaptation, "Divergent," with EW anticipating that the film could become the next "Hunger Games."
Woodley is also set to star in another highly-anticipated film adaptation, that of John Green’s bestselling "The Fault in Our Stars." All in all, that’s not bad for a 21-year-old actress, whose career is clearly just getting started.
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