NEW YORK — Emma Stone will play Gwen Stacy in the next "Spider-Man" movie.
Stone will star opposite Andrew Garfield, who plays Spidey and alter-ego Peter Parker. The announcement was made Tuesday by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Columbia Pictures.
Director Marc Webb says the chemistry between Stone and Garfield was "stunning," which made the 21-year-old actress the "clear choice" to play Gwen.
Stone's screen credits include "Easy A" and "Superbad."
The new movie will focus on a younger version of the superhero. It will be filmed in 3-D, and is scheduled for release July 3, 2012.
Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi, who made three blockbuster "Spider-Man" movies together, departed amid story and scheduling issues over the fourth movie.