The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Bryce Dallas Howard is in negotiations to play Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy in Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man 3.” Sam Raimi is directing the movie, which is scheduled to roll this month.
Gwen is pivotal in Spider-Man lore as Peter’s high school crush, his first girlfriend and his first love. She ended up being kidnapped by the Green Goblin and died during a bridgetop battle in “Amazing Spider-Man” issue 121.
In “Spider-Man,” Columbia put Mary Jane Watson, a later love interest of Peter’s who was a model, in the Gwen role, casting Kirsten Dunst as the high school crush. The movie featured the famous battle on the bridge with the Green Goblin, though a Hollywood ending was added, and the character survived.
Columbia is keeping a tight lid on the third movie’s story line, though it is known that Gwen is the third part of a love triangle and that the character does survive.
Nothing about MJ surviving, fortunately! Off with her head and out with her hamster teeth.
But back to Gwen. “Of course she will be blonde,” assures Avi Arad. Since they hired a blonde to play a redhead, I guess it’s appropriate to hire a carrottop to play a blonde.
P.S. Harry Knowles has picked up and is now propagating my Kill Off Mary Jane meme.