The upcoming Marc Webb directed Spider-Man reboot is getting into full swing in preparation for its shooting start date at the end of the year. Now comes the news from Sony Pictures that six actresses are in consideration for the as yet unconfirmed female role in the new movie opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.

The actresses in contention are Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day, 4,3,2,1), Amanda Poots (28 Weeks Later, Centurion) Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy, 4,3,2,1), Lily Collins (The Blind Side, the upcoming Priest) and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bedtime Stories). It was rumoured that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World, Die Hard 4.0) was in contention as well but that is no longer the case.

It is an interesting list, all of the actresses being fairly unknown (aside from Emma Roberts) and it’s also nice to see a couple of British Actresses in there as well. The only detail about the role that has been given so far is that the female role most definitely will not be the character of Mary Jane Watson, who of course was portrayed by Kirsten Dunst in the original trilogy. This is a good idea for the franchise to take a different direction. It is unclear though if the studio is going for another character from the comics, such as Gwen Stacy or Felicity Hardy, or perhaps coming up with a new character entirely. Time will tell, and who knows Marc Webb may not feel any of these actresses are right and the role could go to a different actress entirely.