The search for a young actress to star alongside Andrew Garfield in the rebooted Spider-Man is intensifying. I'm told that Sony Pictures Entertainment has added a couple of contenders for the role. They are Dianna Agron, who stars in the hit series Glee and Georgina Haig, star of the Ben C. Lucas-directed Wasted on the Young, which premiered to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Agron just tested last night, though there are questions of availability because she is such a major part of a hit TV show. They join a small group of actresses previously in the mix. The main other contenders are Zombieland and Easy A star Emma Stone, Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska, and Dominique McElligott, who starred in the 2009 Sony Pictures Classics release Moon. These actresses are being considered for the roles of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's first love, and Mary Jane Watson, who became his later love.
It's a fluid situation, they might add another candidate or two, but these are the five main contenders. SPE and director Marc Webb might well take one for Gwen, and another for Mary Jane. All this should be wrapped up shortly and then we can get on to speculating about the villain. Early unconfirmed talk: they want to bring back Venom and they are looking at Philip Seymour Hoffman.