Multiple outlets, including Deadline, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter, have published an official statement from director Marc Webb on the decision to cut Shailene Woodley‘s Mary Jane Watson from the next Amazing Spider-Man.
I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.
Note that he talks about Woodley in the present tense at the end there. Well, that’s generous – all of the same outlets, and other sources besides, are suggesting that the role “may” be recast.