Dunst says she hadn't heard any rumors about Raimi and The Hobbit until EW raised the subject in an interview. She says she can't imagine returning for Part 4 without both her director and her costar: ''It's disrespectful to the whole team, I think, to do that. And audiences aren't stupid. It'd be a big flop without me, Tobey, or Sam."That's an astounding level of hubris, is what that is. You're dealing with a character in a full face mask played by potentially the most forgettable leading man in history, a love interest that half the die-hard fans couldn't possibly give less of a shit about played by a girl that really ain't pretty enough for the part and the guy that directed The Quick and the Dead.*
The only people that would complain about replacing or excising Mary Jane Watson in a Spider-Man movie are the people that flip out because Optimus Prime has a mouth now. And they'll still show up on opening day, provided the upcoming flick doesn't blow to an astounding degree. The movies are rolling on credit now; they've yet to hit the point of diminishing returns.
Like they couldn't just get another hot redhead. Christ.
*Which isn't to say that I don't have an abiding love for The Quick and the Dead.