Clooney No Longer Playing Jazz

George Clooney has dropped out of the starring role in Joe Carnahan’s crime drama, “White Jazz” reports Entertainment Weekly.

The indie project, based on the James Ellroy novel, was initially supposed to begin filming in early 2008.

The reasoning for the departure is purely timing – “It just simply came down to scheduling. George continues to believe in the project and in Joe [Carnahan]” says Clooney’s producing partner, Grant Heslov.

The project was set up at Warner Independent Pictires, but according to a spokesperson there, the film had dropped off its slate. Clooney’s Smoke House productions was attached to produce, whether that will still be the case is uncertain.