Katherine Heigl says “Adios” to “Adaline”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: An interesting move on Andy Tennant’s “Adaline.” Late last night, reps confirmed that Katherine Heigl has bowed out of the production, and that Tennant will recast the lead.

The story follows a woman stuck in her 20s after a lightning strike prevents her from aging. Angela Lansbury recently signed on to the project as Heigl’s daughter. Producers were seeking a male lead to balance this feminine “Benjamin Button.”

And the search will go on. Reports suggest that Heigl, who just adopted her own child, wasn’t ready to go back to work. But producers say they will go on with the show.

“We were scheduled to shoot mid-March and we hope to achieve that,” said producer Gary Lucchesi. “We are great fans of [Heigl] and if this is what she has to do, we respect that.”

More on “Adaline,” including casting news, as it develops.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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