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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 10/ 4/2010

Emma Stone may become Spider-Man's new MJ

By Jen Chaney

Emma Stone: From "Easy A" to MJ. (CTMG Inc.)

Emma Stone may be cast as Mary Jane Watson, the love of Peter Parker's (and, by extension, Spider-Man's) life in the new Spider-Man movie.

Deadline reported the news over the weekend, noting that the "Easy A" star will be offered the role played by Kristen Dunst in the Sam Raimi Spidey films. As Deadline's Mike Fleming points out, this is more proof of how quickly Stone's star is rising; she's also currently shooting the adaptation of the best-seller "The Help."

Is she a good choice, even better than Dunst was?

On the surface at least, I'd say yes. For starters, she's got that naturally red hair that Watson sports in the comic and that Dunst had to achieve via the magic of hair color.

And more importantly, she's got a flair for playing young women with real guts, a fact she has demonstrated in "Superbad," "Zombieland" and the aforementioned "Easy A." Dunst lent an undercurrent of spunk to her MJ, but overall, she definitely carried the vibe of a perpetual damsel in distress. Stone, on the other hand, doesn't seem like the sort of chick who needs anybody to save her, which should make for an interesting dynamic between her and Andrew Garfield, the talented "Social Network" star who will sling webs as the new Spider-Man.

Meanwhile, Deadline notes that a few actresses are still in contention for the part of Gwen Stacy, the girl Parker falls for first in the comic and who was portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard in "Spider-Man 3." Among those contenders: Mia Wasikowska of "Alice in Wonderland" and Dianna Agron, better known as Quinn Fabray on "Glee."

While that decision is still being made, tell us what you think of Stone in the Mary Jane role. Will she play the part effectively or do you have a hard time seeing anyone but Dunst in that role? Weigh in with a comment and let us know.

Source: Deadline

By Jen Chaney  | October 4, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
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Comments

Yes, Emma will be a better MJ. I am not sure acting ability has that much to do with it.

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 4, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

LTL, a little slow to the party, finally notices the irony of Kristen Dunst playing a character who's name is Mary Jane...

Posted by: LTL1 | October 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

FWIW - I am ok with Emma Stone as the new MJ - and she looks great with red hair, to boot. (DEADLINE is wrong, Emma is a natural blonde - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1297015/bio) As for re-casting Gwen Stacy - why not stay with Bryce Dallas Howard. The character in the comics is supposed to be an older woman. Are they going to blow up all the casting? How can you replace J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jamison for goodness sakes!

Posted by: gvanderlek | October 4, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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