In a tumultuous day, Shailene Woodley found herself unemployed for all of two hours at the most, when 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' was cancelled, before it was revealed that she has been offered the chance to play Mary Jane Watson in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' sequel. And all this comes amid rumors that she's the favourite to play Fifty Shades' Anastasia Steele. It also comes in the same year that she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 2011's 'The Descendants', playing the daughter of George Clooney, no less. 2012 is truly the year of Shailene Woodley.

'The Amazing Spider-Man' film, which is fast becoming a franchise, is the prequel to the 'Spider-Man' films that starred Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst. Woodley would effectively be playing a young Dunst who also played Mary Jane. However, in the first of the 'Amazing' films saw Peter Parker coupled up with Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. In the original comics, Stacy is killed by the Green Goblin, leaving room for him to fall madly in love with Mary Jane. However, it is unclear whether producers plan on sticking religiously to the original text.

At the time, NY Daily News reports, Stone said of this original plot line:"Any story that causes people to burn their comic books and cancel their subscriptions is a story that I want to be a part of.” Woodley has not yet been available for comment. The second film in The Amazing Spider-Man series is set to begin production in early 2013 and released in 2014.