Newswire: 28-year-old Elizabeth Banks was “too old” to play Spider-Man’s Mary Jane

Joining the ranks of similarly “sophisticated” female stars like Olivia Wilde and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Banks has revealed that she was once told she was “too old” to play the love interest of an actor who less than two years her junior. Talking to Glamour UK (and reported on by Variety), Banks told the story of her almost-casting as Mary Jane—opposite Tobey Maguire—in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movie.

“Tobey and I are basically the same age—and I was told I was too old to play her,” said Banks, who was 28 in 2002, when the movie was being filmed. “I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s what I’ve signed up for.’”

It’s been a couple of reboots, so you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the original Spider-Man stretches from Peter and MJ’s senior year of high school and into their early 20s …

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