INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE's JAKE JOHNSON Claims STUMPTOWN Male Lead - Report

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Updated May 29, 2019: Deadline is reporting Jake Johnson has been cast in ABC's Stumptown as Grey McConnell, the male lead opposite series lead Cobie Smulders. 

Johnson reportedly replaces Mark Webber, who played the role in the pilot and who claimed on Twitter he was recast for not being "not handsome enough" for the show's producers (see below). 

Johnson recently voiced Peter Parker in Sony's Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Stumptown will air at 10pm on Wednesdays in the fall. 
 

Original story posted on May 23: ABC has chosen to replace Mark Webber on its upcoming, as-yet-untitled show based on Stumptown - for what the actor says is being deemed "not handsome enough."

In a series of tweets, Webber (who played Grey McConnell in the pilot) said unnamed executives chose to release him from the show.

"Look, I’m a straight white male so I know my journey has been way less painful in this warped industry, but I’m being recast in a network television show because I’m not handsome enough for the executives," Webber tweeted. "It’s important for me to share the real pain we endure in this industry."

"I’m so curious how they’re going to frame this in their upfront announcement. What the spin will be? Probably none as I’ve already been deemed insignificant by them," Webber continued. "The way I was treated was so degrading. These 'executive' decisions are why network tv is dying."

According to Deadline, the McConnell character "is being taken in a different direction."

"I feel sad that by expressing my own bad experience with the show I was fired from, that it could interfere with the positive experience the actors & creatives that are still on the show should be having," Webber tweeted. "I wish the writers, producers and cast nothing but love."

Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders, is anticipated to debut this fall on ABC.

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