Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson part cut from 'Spider-Man 2'
Fans excited to see the new version of Mary Jane Watson in the rebooted "Spider-Man" franchise will have to wait for the next film, according to reports.
Shailene Woodley had been cast in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" as Mary Jane, one of Peter Parker's biggest love interests, and her role was meant to be a brief cameo, but director Marc Webb explained to The Hollywood Reporter that Woodley's scenes have been taken out of the film.
"I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship," Webb told the outlet on Wednesday, June 19. "Shailene is an incredibly talented actress, and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her."
Mary Jane, who was originally played by Kirsten Dunst in the first "Spider-Man" trilogy, will reportedly appear in the third film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Woodley is known for her roles in "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "The Descendants." She told Entertainment Weekly in a statement that she was "bummed" about her role getting cut.
"Of course I'm bummed," the 21-year-old actress told the magazine. "But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn't trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" was released in July 2012 and grossed $262 million domestically, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Andrew Garfield plays the web slinger while Emma Stone stars as Gwen Stacy, Parker's girlfriend.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is due for release on May 2, 2014, and also stars Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti.
As for Woodley, she has a big role coming up as the lead in the film adaptation of "Divergent." The film is based on a young adult novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. It was announced in March that Kate Winslet had been cast in the film.