Hollywoodlife.com has an article up today discussing the reasons why Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane was cut from the upcoming sequel to ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ which just wrapped up 100 days of shooting in New York.
The website cites a source “close to the production” (but then what rumor doesn’t do that?) in explaining the reason why Mary Jane’s scenes were cut from the picture.
More below the break, including potential spoilers (well one rather large one) that fans have already been discussing and which should already be mostly evident if you know your Spider-history.
According to Hollywoodlife.com, MJ was cut from the film to give more room to the death of Gwen Stacy:
Emma Stone’s character dies in the next film and that really would take a bunch out of the film if Spider-Man all the sudden starts dating a new girl so close to an important characters death. They were noticing this occurring as they filmed Shailene’s scenes. They want to make the death of Gwen Stacy really mean something and then it will leave room for Shailene to shine in the third film.
Note that this would jive with Woodley’s initial statement, which said the removal of Mary Jane was story-related. Also note that Hollywoodlife.com’s source indicates that Woodley is still involved in the third film playing Mary Jane. Despite the recent rumor (later proven false) that Canadian actress Sarah Gadon would be taking over the role of Spider-Man’s redheaded girlfriend there has not yet been any official confirmation from the filmmakers as to whether or not Woodley would return for the third picture. She’s about to have a lot on her plate, including another multi-part film franchise, so her responsibilities to other projects may not mesh with Sony’s timetable for the sequels.
We’ll see! Either way this rumor, if true, is not much different from the speculation already swirling around Gwen and her role in the sequel. Her costume in some scenes has also lead to further speculation.