As casting continues to come together, we get new word that the new Spider-Man redux might add a major player to its list. Showbiz Spy is reporting that Zooey Deschanel just might be reuniting with her 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb for the web-slinger reboot that already has locked down The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield in the title role, Emma Stone, and Sally Field.
Deschanel would reportedly play ‘Betty Brant’, the right-hand-“man” to Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, a character that was played in a bit part by Elizabeth Banks in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy. Webb says he has “big plans” for the character and wants a strong actress to take on the role, which could include a love interest for Spidey. Nothing official yet, but look for word coming soon.
Now, let us be clear, we are not onboard for this reboot. It’s only been a couple of years since Raimi wrapped up his version with Tobey Maguire, and the studio has already launched plans to not only continue on with the franchise, but to completely restart it with another origin story? Come on!! And if not for previously working with Webb on Summer, we cannot see the multi-talented Deschanel taking on such a mainstream superhero-movie role. Aside from the bit roles in date-night dredge Failure to Launch and Yes Man, she’s been pretty independent, starring in roles that accentuate her eccentric personality, and fronting the indie-rockabilly band She & Him. But let’s not forget that Garfield is now a serious Oscar contender after The Social Network, and buzz for the new Spider-Man just shot up ten-fold as his Hollywood clout is rising. It might just be the right time for Zooey to ride that wave to A-List leading lady status.