Spidey Shake-Up: Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Cut From ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’
Director Marc Webb has confirmed that Shailene Woodley’s portrayal of dear MJ has been officially cut from the reboot's sequel, due next year. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will reprise their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy.
“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” Webb said in a statement. [via Deadline]
“Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
Woodley, 21, made headlines Wednesday morning when she revealed the changes to Entertainment Weekly in a cover story for her other project, Divergent.
“Of course I’m bummed,” she told the magazine. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.”
Earlier this week, Sony announced that two more sequels have been planned for 2016 and 2018.