The Amazing Spider-man decided to go with Gwen Stacy as Peter Parker’s love interest, eschewing Mary Jane Watson, who’s always been Spidey’s main squeeze in the popular imagination. However it appears Mary Jane will make an appearance in The Amazing Spider-man 2, as Variety reports The Descendants star Shailene Woodley is in early talks to take the role.
Sony is also seeking an actor to play Harry Osborn, Peter’s best friend who was portrayed by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. It is also rumoured that the studio is looking for someone to play Electro, a villain who gains the ability to control electricity after he is struck by lightning. The villain’s involvement has not been confirmed yet.
Marc Webb is directing the sequel from a screenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Jeff Pinkner, based on an early draft by James Vanderbilt. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013.