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Emma Stone in ‘Spider-Man’? Why Not?

The casting news for Sony’s upcoming Andrew Garfield-starring Spider-Man reboot is getting more interesting, as this Entertainment Weekly article says two female leads are in the movie, which means both of my main man Spidey’s love interests, Mary-Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, are likely to have large roles in Peter Parker’s on-screen life.

Stone's a very good option for Mary-Jane.

The article says Emma Stone, best known for Zombieland and the new Easy A, a movie I couldn’t be less interested in despite very good reviews, certainly looks the part of Mary Jane, and I’d be interested in seeing Stone use her charm and humor to put some life into the character, who, when played by Kirsten Dunst, was pretty wet blanket-rific.

The article makes it sound likely that Stone has the part wrapped up, which is fine by me, as I really enjoyed Zombieland. She showed she can handle big budget action and not get lost amid the explosions, which will suit her well in what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of 2012. And, of course, she actually has red hair, unlike Dunst.

The next Gwen Stacy? Perhaps.

Less certain of a role is Mia Wasikowska, from Tim Burton’s decidedly blah-but-all-right Alice in Wonderland, who’s rumored to be auditioning for Gwen Stacy.  She was merely okay in that movie, but then again, so was everything else about it, and she seems to be a rising star, so she’s probably got plenty of talent.  If Gwen’s expected to be the sweet option for Parker like in the comics, director Marc Webb could do a lot worse than casting Wasikowska.

Whoever eventually gets these roles, they’ll definitely have a good costar in Garfield, who has me sold on his acting abilities after I recently saw the first of the English miniseries, The Red Riding Trilogy, where he played a young reporter in 1974 piecing together corruption and murder clues.  He was amazing in that and I can’t wait to see what he can do with an American accent in The Social Network next week.


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‘Iron Fist’ in Theaters? Hmm…

Marvel's first Disney-produced film: Iron Fist?

Iron Fist is one of those Marvel Comics characters nobody outside of the comic reading minority has heard of, and while I’m a big fan of comic book movies, I bet Marvel Studios and Disney’s proposed Iron Fist movie will be a tough sell.

The comics are about a guy named Danny Rand who is a martial arts expert with a magical power that gives him a big glowing fist.  It can be done on the big screen, but this could be a recipe for cheese ball disaster, or it could be a Kill Bill-style romp of awesomeness, but we’ll just have to see.  Hopefully Marvel has another Iron Man up its sleeve with this one.

My casting vote goes to this guy.

I’m not an expert on martial arts movies by any means, so I’m out of ideas as to who would be a good director for this project, but I do have a sort of out-of-left-field idea about who could play Rand: Mark Pellegrino of Dexter and Lost fame.

Sure, Pellegrino’s a bit old to play a character in his late twenties, but a few tweaks here and there could make it work, especially with his background in martial arts like Judo, Thai boxing, and Ju-Jitsu.  Plus, he’s got some range, as he was great as Rita’s abusive ex-husband on Dexter and he nailed the mysteriousness and on-and-off benevolence of a thousand-year-old demigod on Lost.

If the producers find a capable writer/director team and nail a lead like Pellegrino, this could actually turn out well.

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