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Shortlist for Spider-Man’s love interest?

Heat Vision is reporting on a list of women who may potentially be Spider-Man’s love interest in the upcoming Marc Webb-directed 2012 reboot.

The actress will play opposite Andrew Garfield but will not be playing Mary Jane (played by Kirsten Dunst in the three Sam Raimi-directed “Spider-Man” movies). It’ll instead be either Gwen Stacey (played by Bryce Dallas Howard in 2007’s “Spider-Man 3”) or another love interest entirely. Here’s the list:

  • Imogen Poots
  • Ophelia Lovibond
  • Lilly Collins
  • Teresa Palmer
  • Emma Roberts
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead

These are not screentests, which usually involve some sort of dealmaking, but rather readings and meetings. Basically, it’s still early. And if none of these girls work out, don’t rule out another round of searching.

Like Garfield, many of the contenders on the female side are up-and-comers, fitting in with the lower-key, edgier movie Webb is trying to make. The story is more grounded in the high school setting than the previous Sam Raimi-directed trilogy. The production is looking to go before cameras in December.

Spider-Man is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on July 3, 2012.