The latest Amazing Spider-Man sequel news sees Variety reporting that Shailene Woodley, of The Descendants and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, is in "early talks" to play frequent Peter Parker love interest Mary Jane Watson.
Additionally, Variety reports that the role of Harry Osborn — Peter Parker's best friend and Norman Osborn's son — is currently being cast, and states that Electro is rumored as an "option" for the film's villain, though cautions that with production not starting until early next year, "the studio still has plenty of time to decide" on an antagonist.
Woodley was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in The Descendants and has played the lead role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager (set to wrap following its current season), since 2008. The role of Mary Jane was played in the original Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy by Kirsten Dunst, with James Franco portraying Harry Osborn. Electro, if he does end up in the film, would be new to live-action.
The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.
TWO TV DEALS FOR ED BRUBAKER
Ed Brubaker's eight-year run on Captain America ends at Marvel this month, but it doesn't look like he's slowing down. The Hollywood Reporter has word that he's sold pilots for two network crime dramas: Rising Suns at Fox, about an American Yakuza underboss who "gets involved with the female FBI agent who's hunting him;" and an untitled NBC project centered on a young female agent dedicated to erasing evidence of a more experience agent's missions. Brubaker is on board to write and executive produce both shows.
IMAGE'S 'ENORMOUS' GETS ADAPTATION
Also from The Hollywood Reporter: A "transmedia adaptation" of Image graphic novel Enormous, by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour, is in development from Trollhunter producers Adrian Askarieh and Andre Ovredal. As THR points out, the comic series is moving to 21 Ink for an 18-issue series starting next year.
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