With fans still stunned at the possibility of a Spider-Man musical, casting for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is still ongoing, with Evan Rachel Wood, who was initially considered a lock for the role of Mary Jane Watson, now uncertain about if she has the part. MTV spoke to director Julie Taymor about Wood's involvement, and she says that it isn't a scheduling issue keeping Wood from locking the part down.
"It's just in negotiations at the moment. It's purely that sort of stuff right now," Taymor said.
Taymor went on to clarify "We're in casting, so it's not that I want to cast a known or an unknown, it's just finding the right person. It's a huge part - a difficult part."
Taymor also spoke a bit about what similarities might exist between Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Sam Raimi's celebrated Spider-Man film. "What Sam did so beautifully was, he took the story from the comic books - so our source is the same," said Taymor. "Yet, because we're trying to put the entire oeuvre into a two-and-a-half hour, one-night piece, we don't just tell the Green Goblin story or this or that, we have to get the whole thing into that evening."
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is scheduled to open on Broadway in 2010.