'Spider-Man' Female Lead Down To Five Actresses... And No Mary Jane!

Emma RobertsEarlier this year, the search for a new "Spider-Man" came down to five up-and-coming actors before Andrew Garfield ultimately won the role of Peter Parker. And now the search for Spidey's new love interest is also intensifying.

Lilly Collins ("Priest"), Ophelia Lovibond ("Nowhere Boy"), Teresa Palmer ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), Imogen Poots ("Fright Night") and Emma Roberts ("4.3.2.1") are among the finalists to play the female lead in director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story also states that Palmer has already read with Garfield while Roberts (pictured) has flown in twice from the set of "Scream 4" to read for the part.

The report also indicates that additional actresses may be under consideration and that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”) was among the finalists at one point before dropping out. The actresses are said to be meeting with Webb and Garfield this weekend and if none of them pan out another round of casting will begin.

Perhaps most intriguing is the note that the female lead of "Spider-Man" will not be Mary Jane Watson. Early speculation has the role pegged as possibly Gwen Stacy, Betty Brant, Felicia Hardy (The Black Cat) or potentially even a new character altogether.

Although, even if the female lead isn't Mary Jane, that may not rule out an appearance from Spidey's favorite redhead during the movie at some point.

"Spider-Man" is expected to begin production in December and will be released in 3-D on July 3, 2012.

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