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Shailene Woodley cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Descendants

Story by Jack Foley

SHAILENE Woodley has been cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the young actress fell victim to director Marc Web’s decision to streamline the story.

Woodley, who made her breakthrough alongside George Clooney in The Descendants, was to have played Mary Jane Watson. But her role was only ever intended to be brief and she had only worked three days and shot around three scenes.

But Webb has explained: “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress, and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”

The plan now is for the character of Watson to be introduced in the third movie, although it is believed that the role will be recast.

In the comic books, Watson is one of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s iconic love interests.

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Commenting on the decision to cut the character from the sequel, Woodley herself told Entertainment Weekly: “Of course I’m bummed. But I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.”

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