Actress set to play Gwen Stacy
Emma Stone is now firmly tangled in Spidey’s web.
The busy thesp will take on the role of Gwen Stacy, opposite Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, in Sony’s untitled “Spider-Man” pic from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Stone had been a frontrunner for one of the two female lead roles, which also included a rumored Mary Jane Watson.
Sony declined to comment on whether that character would be included in the franchise’s next installment.
“It’s been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma’s star rise as an actress,” Col prexy Matt Tolmach said in a statement. “She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role.”
Marc Webb will take over the directing reins from previous “Spider-Man” helmer Sam Raimi, with James Vanderbilt penning the script. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin will produce.
According to Webb, Stone became the clear frontrunner as the blonde Gwen Stacy given her chemistry with Garfield. “Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde,” Webb added.
Stone has been a consistent player for Sony, with roles in “Superbad” and “Zombieland.” Her most recent role for the studio is in “Easy A,” which has become a B.O. success, budgeted at $8 million and earning more than $40 million in domestic grosses.
Sony has a history of cultivating strong thesp relationships, including those with Will Smith and Adam Sandler.
Stone joins a recent crop of Sony faves that includes Garfield and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara. Both co-starred in “The Social Network.”
The “Spider-Man” pic is set to go into production in December and will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.
Stone can be seen next year in Warner Bros.’ “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, and in “The Help,” with Bryce Dallas Howard, Sissy Spacek and Viola Davis. Stone has a cameo in Screen Gems’ “Friends With Benefits” and will lend her voice to DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods.”
She continues to be repped by WME.
Emma Stone tangled in Sony’s web