updated 10/06/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/06/2010 AT 8:40 AM ET
What a wonderful web she’ll weave: Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man prequel, in a role that will give viewers a glimpse into the movie’s timeframe – she’ll play Gwen Stacy, the girlfriend Peter Parker had before Mary Jane Watson.
The actress, 21, was selected after reportedly displaying an instant connection to Andrew Garfield, 27, who will play Parker/Spider-Man. “The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice,” says the director, Marc Webb.
The new Spider-Man movie will begin production in December and hit theaters in 3-D on July 3, 2012.