Divergent is making its big Comic-Con 2013 debut today in Hall H, with star Shailene Woodley at the forefront of this new potential franchise. She is going to be doing press all day, and of course people are going to be most curious about her 'firing' from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In the first of what is sure to be a hundred sound bites from the actress, Shailene Woodley explains why she was cut out of the sequel, how she feels about it, and confirms that neither she nor her scenes will be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a June 2016 release date.
Here is video from the interview, where she praises The Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenplay, calling it one of the best she's ever read. She's excited for fans to see the film, and applauds Sony's (not director Marc Webb's) decision to axe her out of a film that has far too many characters. Clearly the intelligent actress is a team player, offering no hard feelings as to hopefully work for the studio again sometime in the future.
"Mary Jane was only in four scenes. And they were introducing so many characters, it didn't really make sense. Because she is such a vital character to the comic books. So they are holding off for future films. But, that being said, it is one of the best scripts that I have ever read. That's not a lie. For it to be a Spider-Man film, and for it have had the script that it had, I am so excited for people to see it. I'm excited to see it. I'm excited to see it."
When asked why she wouldn't return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, or if her scenes would be repurposed, she had this to say, confirming that she won't return to the franchise.
"That wouldn't make sense. There isn't even a screenplay for a third one. Because of the time they shot it, it will be so many years from now. None of us will look the same. Those scenes are gone. Its not a bad thing. People project on it to be a really negative situation. But it wasn't. And I think it was a smart decision on Sony's part."
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