Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Sofia Vassilieva (TV’s “Medium”) are near deals to replace Elle and Dakota Fanning respectively in the New Line drama “My Sister’s Keeper” reports Variety.
In the Jeremy Leven-scripted adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel, Breslin will take over the role of a young girl who sues for emancipation from parents who conceived her as a genetic match so she could prolong the life of her ailing older sister (Vassilieva).
Cameron Diaz plays the mother of the girls, a tough lawyer who takes her own case in court. Alec Baldwin plays the attorney who represents the child. Joan Cusack will also star.
Sources says Dakota Fanning balked at a request that she shave her head for the role and both sisters withdrew abruptly.
Nick Cassavetes helms the production which is still on track to begin shooting next month.