Cast in the role back in October, Stone was originally rumored to be playing Mary Jane Watson — speculation that was undoubtedly spawned by the bright red hair she shared with Peter Parker’s eventual love interest. However, when everything was made official, it was Gwen Stacy — and not Mary Jane Watson — who Stone was tagged to play in the film, leaving many to wonder whether she’d be going back to her blonde roots.
As comic fans know, Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s very first love interest, pre-dating the moment when the Marvel hero “hit the jackpot” with Mary Jane Watson. Peter’s relationship with Gwen incorporated various landmark moments in the young hero’s life — some of them tragic — and played a major role in him becoming the friendly neighborhood webslinger we know and love.
Webb’s upcoming reboot of the “Spider-Man” movie franchise is scheduled to hit theaters in 2012.