<i>Spider</i>-Rumors: Zooey Deschanel As Betty Brant, Plus Peter's Folks?

Following reports that Martin Sheen and Sally Field are negotiating to play Uncle Ben and Aunt May in the new Spider-Man, a rumor has emerged that director Marc Webb may turn to the star of his previous movie to tackle a key role.

According to Showbiz Spy's "movie insider," Webb is talking to (500) Days of Summer's Zooey Deschanel about playing Betty Brant, J. Jonah Jameson's "girl Friday" and one of Peter Parker's early love interests. The part was portrayed in Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man films by Elizabeth Banks.

“Betty was a minor character in the previous Spidey movies but Marc has big plans for her,” the source tells Showbiz Spy. “He wants a strong performer to carry the role and Zooey fits the bill perfectly. The role is hers if she wants it.”

If true, the rumor suggests that Webb may be abandoning Mary Jane Watson in favor of a a love triangle between Betty, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

In other Spider-Man rumors, What's Playing reports that Columbia Pictures looking for an Andrew Garfield lookalike, ages 6 to 9, for what's thought to be a flashback scene featuring Peter Parker's parents -- one that likely explains how the boy came into the care of Aunt May and Uncle Ben.

Spider-Man, which also stars Rhys Ifans, is set to begin production in December, so expect to see plenty of more casting rumors between now and then. The movies opens on July 3, 2012.

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