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LADIES STEPPING OUT

Two significant defections from the feminine side of the casting equation: Oscar winner Marisa Tomei has pulled out of the Lady Anne role in UA’s “Richard III,” with Ian McKellen starring alongside Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent and Robert Downey Jr. Tomei was forced to pull out, said her William Morris agent Frank Frattaroli, because the film’s start date was postponed for a second time, and now cuts too close to another feature she committed to long ago, “Unhook the Stars.” She’s co-starring in “Stars” with Gena Rowlands and Gerard Depardieu. Nick Cassavetes, son of the late John Cassavetes, directs. The film is being financed by Hachette.

“There was about two days off between the films, and that’s not enough time for an actor who puts as much into the work as Marisa to change gears,” said Frattaroli. She’s also declined to participate in the sequel to the film that won her an Oscar, “My Cousin Vinny.”

Bridget Fonda, meanwhile, has pulled out of the co-starring role in the HBO pic “Sugartime.” She seemed close to a deal to play opposite John Turturro, but the deal fell through at the last minute.

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