Maura Replaces Bardem In Tetro

Actress Carmen Maura (“Volver”) is replacing fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem in Francis Ford Coppola’s $15 million family drama “Tetro.”

Maura will play a literary critic and mentor to Tetro, whose younger brother (Alden Ehrenreich) searches for him in Argentinia’s capital city. Coppola said his rewrite of the pivotal role came during rehearsals for the film’s 11-week shoot, which began March 31st in Buenos Aires.

Why the sex cahnge? “One of the important roles in the script is a mentor and teacher to Tetro (Vincent Gallo), and I originally wrote it for a man. As I read and reread (the script), I felt that the interaction between the two characters would be far more intriguing if they were of the opposite sex” Coppola tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Bardem also apparently “became unavailable” for the project and is reading drafts of the script for his starring role in Rob Marshall’s Broadway musical “Nine” which begins shooting in September.

The director often changes key elements of his script before and during filming apparently. Although he had a supporting role and was only set to film for two weeks, Bardem was the highest profile name among the cast and the only Oscar nominee.