Emma Stone as Mary Jane Watson seems like a great idea on paper. Stone will star in the new Spider Man movie as one of the integral characters to the story, and the young actress is about to make her crossover into the blockbuster film territory. Several of her films have already found success at the box office, but getting a lead role in one of the biggest comic book franchises out there is a completely different ball of wax.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Stone will be taking over the role played by Kirsten Dunst in the three latest Spider Man films from Sam Raimi. Sony is rebooting the entire franchise, so we will again find out how Peter Parker becomes Spider Man in the summer of 2012. It almost seems too soon to re-start a franchise that found a ton of success with films in 2002, 2004, and 2007, but that’s Hollywood for you.
There is certainly a lot of work left to be done on a major film like this, especially with a release date of July 3, 2012, already in theater schedules. Earlier it was announced that Andrew Garfield would be taking on the role of Peter Parker, with his most recent films being Never Let Me Go and The Social Network. He will be very recognizable in a couple of years, even if his star hasn’t made it to the point of Spider Man just yet.
As for Emma Stone, she is already very recognizable, having starred in several films that have done quite well at the box office over the past few years. She really made her first impact in Superbad, and then appeared in Zombieland as one of the main characters before starring in Easy A this current summer season. All three films have had her as a main character, and in Easy A, the story is based almost entirely around her. She is still young within the industry, but Stone is already making a huge impact.
Getting the role of Mary Jane is going to put Stone into a whole new category of actresses in Hollywood, and if the film does as well as the last three, she could be looking at some huge paydays as well. The role is also going to make Stone a household name, but it comes with the risk of pigeon-holing her into a specific type of character. She seems like she would be able to overcome that, and hopefully she does, because Stone seems like a bright face that could be in films for years to come.