Leading Ladies Play Musical Chairs

Three major projects have seen their female leads recently depart, and two of them have already found replacements.

First up is the film adaptation of the play “Albert Nobbs” which admittedly has had cast come and go over the years it has been in development. “Mamma Mia” star Amanda Seyfried was set to play the role of ‘Helen’ in the production, but she’s since been replaced by “Alice in Wonderland” actress Mia Wasikowska according to Bleeding Cool.

No reason has been given for the change, though the main lead remains very much in Glenn Close’s hands. The film’s director Rodrigo Garcia worked with Wasikowska previously on HBO’s “In Treatment”. Shooting on ‘Nobbs’ kicks off December 13th in Ireland.

On to the second project and a month ago came reports that Rachel Weisz had been signed to play the female lead in a new untitled comedy from “Humpday” director Lynn Shelton. Weisz and Emily Blunt were to play sisters who end up fighting over a man.

Now, Variety reports that Weisz has bowed out of the project and is being replaced by “Rachel Getting Married” actress Rosemarie DeWitt. No reason for the change is given.

The last film in this report hasn’t found a replacement it would seem. “Adaline”, the romantic fantasy starring Katherine Heigl as a woman rendered immortal after an accident, has lost Heigl.

Unlike those other two projects however, the actress may not have voluntarily left the project. Deadline first reported that Heigl was fired from the project – a claim her reps and the film’s production company has since denied.

Producer Gary Lucchesi quickly moved to quash growing rumours, saying “Heigl asked to withdraw. There was no drama here.” Heigl’s family commitments are apparently going to prevent her from getting back to work as early as she had hoped.