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Edward Norton replaced by Ben Affleck and Bred Pitt by Russell Crowe

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Edward Norton replaced by Ben Affleck and Bred Pitt by Russell Crowe

Edward Norton & Ben Affleck

Edward Norton has left Universal Picture’s ’State of Play’, and the studio in talks for Ben Affleck to replace him. Pitt was replaced by Russell Crowe. Variety reports Norton’s exit was due to a schedule conflict which was the result of the film’s production start date being changed. The change was caused by Pitt’s departure and the studio’s scramble to get Crowe. If he signs on for ’State of Play’, Affleck would step into the role of a fast-rising politician who finds himself wrapped up in a murder conspiracy. Crowe has signed to play the journalist investigating the killing who begins a romance with the politician’s wife. The film is still set to star Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman. It is being produced by Andrew Hauptman and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Brad Pitt is in negotiations to join Sean Penn in the Terrence Malick flick ’Tree of Life’. ’Tree of Life’ was written by Malick who will also handle directing duties Pitt (who was replaced by Russell Crowe on Universal Pictures’ ’State of Play’) is in talks to replace Heath Ledger on ’Tree of Life’ – which is set to start production in the spring. Penn will have a supporting role on the film.
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