EW Staff
April 03, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) – Spanish actress Carmen Maura (Volver) has replaced fellow countryman Javier Bardem in Francis Ford Coppola‘s family drama Tetro. In what the director describes as a ”sex change” operation, Coppola said he decided that the interaction between the young man Tetro (Vincent Gallo) and his mentor would be more interesting if the mentor were played by someone of the opposite sex. The Reporter cites a source, however, who says Bardem became unavailable. Bardem is currently prepping for The Weinstein Co.’s adaptation of Rob Marshall’s musical The Nines, which starts shooting in September. (Hollywood Reporter)

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