Tobey Maguire stars in "Spider-Man"Photo © Sony Pictures
- Very early on in the casting process, the Internet was abuzz with rumors Heath Ledger would fill Spidey's costume. Other names often mentioned as being in the running included Freddie Prinze Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ryan Phillippe.
- Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich were both offered the role of the Green Goblin but had to decline because they were busy with other projects. Willem Dafoe eventually won the part.
- Alicia Witt and Kate Hudson were in the running for the Mary Jane part, which eventually went to Kirsten Dunst.