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01-24-2006, 01:17 AM
Howard Spinning for "Spidey" Sequel

Bryce Dallas Howard is ready to make Spidey's senses tingle.

The star of The Village, and daughter of Ron, has been targeted to play Peter Parker's latest crush, Gwen Stacy, in Spider-Man 3, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Howard is said to be in negotiations for the role. There was no comment Thursday from her reps or Sony's Columbia Pictures.

As every fanboy knows, Gwen was the arachnid hero's original high school sweetheart, who in Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man issue 121 was abducted by archnemesis the Green Goblin and shockingly killed off during a climactic battle atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Her death was one of the first occasions in comic-book history in which a major character was killed, portending darker, grittier comics to come.

For the movie version, however, Columbia Pictures and director Sam Raimi pulled a switcheroo and made Mary Jane Watson, Parker's later love interest in the comics, the object of his affection.

And in a happier ending, Mary Jane survived the famous bridge battle--unlike Stacy, who met her demise in the comic when the Green Goblin dropped her off the bridge and Spider-Man shot a web that stopped her from falling but accidentally broke her neck from whiplash.

While the studio's guarding Spider-Man 3's storyline tighter than Fort Knox, the Hollywood Reporter says Gwen will play the third point in a love triangle also involving Peter (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst).

Aside from Maguire and Dunst, James Franco returns as Harry Osbourne, who is rumored to finally become the villainous Hobgoblin. Spidey will also have to face off against Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace, cast as the baddies Sandman and Venom, respectively.

Howard, 24, has become a hot property following her star-making turn as a heroic blind girl in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. Following that flick, the flame-haired thespian took over for Nicole Kidman in Manderlay, Danish filmmaker's Lars von Trier's second film in his USA--Land of Opportunities trilogy. This year, she's set to star in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It and reunite with Shyamalan for Lady in the Water.

Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to begin shooting later this month and swing into theaters on May 4, 2007.

01-27-2006, 01:34 AM
hmmm...more excited about the As You Like It movie