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Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming confirmed for 'Spider-Man' musical

June 26, 2009 | 12:51 pm

Evan Rachel Wood Culture Monster has learned that Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming have been cast in the upcoming Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." The production, which features music by Bono and The Edge and will be directed by Tony-winner Julie Taymor ("The Lion King"), is set to begin previews Feb. 25, 2010, at the Hilton Theatre.

Wood is slated to play Mary Jane Watson, the love interest of hero Peter Parker, while Cumming will play Spider-Man's nemesis, Norm Osborn, better known as the Green Goblin. No word yet on who will play Parker/Spider-Man, though the casting process is already well underway. Earlier this year, Wood let slip that she had been cast in the musical, but this is the first official word that confirms what she said.

The new first preview date means that "Spider-Man" has been pushed back from its originally announced opening night of Feb. 18. The revised official opening will be announced shortly, according to the show's producers.

Both Wood and Cumming have worked with Taymor before. Wood starred in the Taymor-directed movie "Across the Universe" while Cumming acted in her film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus." The Scottish actor recently completed filming Taymor's upcoming film, "The Tempest."

-- David Ng

Photo: Evan Rachel Wood. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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