Mary Jane Watson role may be recast for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4

We recently learned that Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson would not be appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , and reports are now suggesting that the actress may not appear in the recently announced Parts 3 and 4 .

When the news first broke, it seemed as if MJ was being bumped back to the third film for plot and pacing reasons. Now The Wrap (opens in new tab) is reporting that Woodley will likely be busy with the sequels to her upcoming sci-fi movie Divergent , and may not be available to reprise her role in Spidey 3 .

If this is the case, colour us surprised. We were wowed by her performance in The Descendants , and were expecting her to bring a bit of tenacity to the latest screen version of Watson.

Woodley has a diverse array of projects on her slate. She’ll next be seen in romantic dramedy The Spectacular Now , before leading Gregg Araki’s White Bird In A Blizzard and heading up the aforementioned Divergent .

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in the UK on 18 April 2014.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.