While promoting White Bird In A Blizzard at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, actress Shailene Woodley opened up to Mike Ryan about leaving the role of Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Following Woodley’s breakout performance in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, she received offers for several roles similar to that of Hollywood it-girl Jennifer Lawrence. One of those that she tested for was Mary Jane. She won the part but ultimately, her performance landed on the cutting room floor.
I’m sure there was more to it than this, but even when it was announced that you were cut from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” it just seemed like you’re attitude was, “Eh, I have other things going on.”
You know what it was? I’m a very firm believer that everything happens for a reason. And it made complete sense — the fact that they didn’t have time for the movie and Mary Jane is such an important character — she was only in three scenes. And so they were like, “Let’s hold off and wait and introduce her in the next one,” which makes complete sense, in retrospect. Complete sense.
In the interview, she talks about why she would take a role.
Woodley stars in Divergent later this year.