I sometimes have trouble bringing myself to report on early rumors of casting in film, because so much can happen in the stages of an actress being offered a role, to her actually accepting it. However, with the wildfire spreading of this news and the fact that is brings out some much bigger news, I'll allow it.
We all knew that even though it ended up grossing not nearly as much as the first three films in the Sony Spider-Man franchise, there would be a sequel to the Marc Webb directed, The Amazing Spider-Man coming. There have been rumblings that Shailene Woodley is being added to the cast, and will be playing the lovely Mary Jane Parker who will once again make an appearance in the life of the web-slinger. There have also been reports that Harry Osborne will be back as well, but no indications on who they are targeting for that role. (Don't worry, as far as we can tell right now, Emma Stone will still reprise her role as Gwen Stacy. Her negotiations have not concluded, but I would be surprised if they fell apart now.) This seems to be a different direction for "The Amazing" series, as the first film it attempted to stand out from the first three movies in the franchise and explore the early years of Peter Parker's life in high school. With the addition of these characters, it seems as if they will be going back to the more widely known universe.
I like Shailene Woodley as an actress and after seeing her in The Descendants wondered how long it would take her to land a huge role in a film. If it isn't this one, there will be another, but there is part of me that it will be this so she can just help round out an already awesome case and hopefully they can all breath some life in to the comic book world this time.
There are also reports that the character Electro is on the casting breakdown that went out, so it is likely the villain will also be seen in this new film. Production doesn't start until next year, so that could change, but looks like they are at least considering it.
Andrew Garfield will once again play Spidey and Marc Webb will be back as a director of this sequel.
I am not a Spider-Man aficionado by any means, and have watched the films from a purely entertainment driven perspective. In this regard, I am happy to see Mary Jane Parker back in the mix.
What are your thoughts? Good News? Bad News? Happy News? Sad News?