(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? Casting changes continue for the Kevin Macdonald-directed drama State of Play as Edward Norton has stepped down from the Universal/Working Title project and been replaced by Ben Affleck. The swap comes less than a month after Brad Pitt’s high-profile exit over script concerns. Russell Crowe quickly stepped in to replace Pitt, and the production start date was pushed from November to January. That change caused scheduling conflicts for Norton, however, who is set to produce and star in the indie comedy Leaves of Grass, which is being directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Affleck has now stepped in to take over Norton’s role of an ambitious politician who finds himself engrossed in a murder conspiracy. Crowe plays a politico-turned-journalist investigating the story. The cast also includes Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, and Jason Bateman. (Hollywood Reporter)
(Mark Von Holden/WireImage.com; Steve Granitz/WireImage.com)
Posted December 19 2007 — 12:00 AM EST
- James Bay adds some tambourine to Rihanna, Kanye West's 'FourFiveSeconds'
- Constance Wu of 'Fresh Off the Boat' opens up about the show's controversial start
- Bill Cosby accuser tells her story
- Kelela and Arca team up for the gorgeous future-R&B track 'A Message'
- Elizabeth Henstridge talks 'Agents of SHIELD'...while playing 'Mario Kart'
- Jon Stewart gives WWE foe the 'Daily Shoe'--below the belt
- Comedian Matt Braunger on pilot season, his new album 'Big Dumb Animal,' and the science of titles