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Martin Sheen and Sally Field to star in Spider-Man + Mary Jane won’t appear in reboot

Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben in Marc Webb’s 3D Spider-Man reboot while Sally Field is in early talks to play Aunt May. The reboot stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the movie’s unnamed villain (reportedly The Lizard).

In related news, The Wrap reports that the film will not feature the character Mary Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy):

Meanwhile, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap that Mary Jane Watson will not appear in the film after all, as the character is not currently featured in James Vanderbilt’s screenplay, and apparently never was.

Back in September, Deal Central reported that Mary Jane would appear in the new “Spider-Man,” as the script featured two love interests competing for the affections Peter Parker. However, that wasn’t quite true.

Evidently, there had been some discussions about Emma Stone playing red-haired MJ, but once she was cast as Gwen Stacy, the filmmakers decided to trust their instincts and stick with one love interest.

Spider-Man starts shooting this December and is scheduled for release in conventional and 3D theaters on July 3, 2012.

Sources: Heat Vision | THR, (2)  & The Wrap