Joseph Gordon-Levitt Replaces James McAvoy In Comedy

3/04/2010 Posted by Admin

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Replaces James McAvoy In Comedy

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is replacing James McAvoy as one of the two leads in the upcoming cancer-themed comedy at Summit Entertainment and Mandate Pictures.

According to MTV News: Last August, James McAvoy signed on to star in the formerly titled "I'm With Cancer," a comedy co-starring Seth Rogen about a 25-year-old battling cancer. MTV News has exclusively learned that McAvoy has dropped out of the film after shooting began and that he has been replaced with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

It's said British thespian McAvoy left the production "due to unrelated circumstances beyond his control," E! Online adding from a source that the cause is a family emergency.

McAvoy's role as the cancer-stricken twentysomething had been touted as the actor's first high-profile role following the success of 2008's "Wanted." The film is based on the true experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser, who successfully waged his own battle with cancer in his 20s.

The other lead role is played by Seth Rogen, who said in a statement that "it's incredibly unfortunate that circumstances outside of everyone's control have taken James away from the project, but, with James's blessing, we were able to have Joseph step in to take on the role of Adam. We all look forward to working with James in the future."

Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston and Philip Baker Hall also star in the film, which began production last month. Jonathan Levine directs from a script by Reiser.

James McAoy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt happen to be two of my favorite young actors, so I’m glad to see that Levitt has picked up another good role. It’s unfortunate that McAvoy had to leave the project, but sometimes, personal things are more important to take care of. Either way, this film should be no worse for the wear, with Levitt on a semi-hot streak after last year's “(500) Days of Summer.”

Filming starts up again next week in Vancouver.

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