Adam Markovitz
September 30, 2010 AT 10:50 PM EDT

Following the death of actor Tony Curtis yesterday, the makers of the indie film Morella are in search of an actor to replace the Hollywood legend. Curtis was due on set Nov. 7 to begin shooting his role as oil tycoon Frank Phillips, a part written specifically for him in the big-screen adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story. Now the filmmakers are looking for an actor “on [Curtis’] level” to fill the part, according to a rep for the film. “We are very saddened by the loss,” he says. “Obviously, we will dedicate the film to his memory.”

More about Tony Curtis on EW.com:

Tony Curtis dies at 85

Tony Curtis remembers ‘Some Like It Hot’

Tony Curtis: Great moments on screen | EW.com

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