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U2's "Spider-Man" Musical to Star Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming

June 26, 2009 3:37 PM ET

Evan Rachel Wood appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday and chatted about her upcoming role as Mary Jane Watson in Bono and the Edge's Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. "It's unlike any Spider-Man you've ever seen," she said. "Bono and the Edge are doing the music. It was hysterical, I got to do the workshop, sit down with them playing guitars going over the music, and I was making jokes going, watch by the end of this, I'll be telling them what to do. And by the end I was! I was like, Bono, I know you want to save the world and everything, but in this song you're talking about poverty and world hunger and it's Broadway, can we lighten this up a bit, can I just not sing this? And he was like, [in Irish accent] 'You're right, I know, we have to try, we have to try.' "

Today a press release confirmed Alan Cumming has also joined the production as Norman Osborn, better known as the Green Goblin. Both Wood and Cumming have previously worked with director Julie Taymor, who is known worldwide for her adaptation of Disney's The Lion King on Broadway. Wood appeared in Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe, and Taymor directed two of Cumming's film projects.

"The process of obtaining all the necessary state and city building permits, and landmark approvals to prepare the Hilton Theatre for a production the size and scope of Spider-Man has taken longer than anyone expected," David Garfinkle and Martin McCallum noted on behalf of the production team, "but we now have everything that is required to bring this visually powerful show to Broadway next Spring."

More cast members will be announced at a later date. Previews kick off on February 25th, and American Express cardholders can nab tickets now via Ticketmaster, while the general public onsale starts September 12th.

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