Tobey MaguireThe rumor in Hollywood today is that Tobey Maguire won't reprise his role as Spiderman and that Jake Gyllenhaal will step up. Maguire's excuse: Not moral objection to being a new kind of action hero or more pressing duties in DiCaprio's Pussy Posse, but actually mild back discomfort (he just finished filming Seabiscuit). "After doing two physically demanding films in a row, Tobey has experienced mild discomfort in his back, which is in the final stages of healing," Maguire's spokeswoman said in a statement. "With an April 12 start date around the corner, everyone involved wants to be certain he is able to do the intense stunts."

Jake GyllenhaalGyllenhaal is an interesting choice for understudy, as he and Maguire could easily get into a "who is more sensitive" brooding match, but to try to hit the $400+ million gross of Spiderman with him is another story. Yes, his salary would be less than Maguire's $17 M for the sequel, but considering these films are Sony's hope for a franchise, it seems strange that they aren't doing more to ensure Maguire is ready.

However Hollywood is not the first to wonder if Gyllenhaal can step up: Fametracker pitted Gyllenhaal and Maguire in 2 Stars, 1 Slot: Battle of the Long Lashed Heartthrobs. Check it out to see who wins.