Jason Kempin/FilmMagic
November 23, 2007 04:55 PM

Brad Pitt has dropped out of the soon-to-be-shot film State of Play, according to Variety. Universal Pictures is already trying to replace the star. The original Nov. 15 production start date has come and gone, and the studio could begin losing other cast if it does not begin shooting in L.A. and D.C. soon.

The studio is already trying to replace Pitt. The story of a politico-turned-journalist whose loyalties are tested when he spearheads a newspaper’s investigation into a murder is set to star Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn, along with Pitt’s replacement.

Much of the problem, for Pitt, seems to stem from the fact that he wasn’t happy with recent re-writes, and now, no more can be done during the writers strike. A rep for Pitt could not be reached. Universal issued this statement: “Brad Pitt has left the Universal Pictures production of State of Play. We remain committed to this project and to the filmmakers, cast members, crew and others who are also involved in making the movie. We reserve all rights in this matter.”
– Karen Salkin

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