Kidman exits ‘Manderlay’

Sked conflicts force actress to exit Von Trier trilogy

This article was updated at10:39 p.m.

LONDON — Nicole Kidman has dropped out of Lars von Trier’s “Manderlay,” the second movie in the planned “U.S.A.” trilogy that kicked off with this year’s Cannes entry “Dogville.”

Her exit was caused by a scheduling conflict, according to von Trier’s producer Vibeke Windelov. “Manderlay” is on a tight timetable to finish shooting by July 2004, but Kidman is not available until the following fall.

Kidman, one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, was going to do “Manderlay” for scale.

“Manderlay” could not be pushed back because some of the financing is contingent on the pic completing principal photography by July 1, 2004.

The role of Grace in the “U.S.A” trilogy will now be played by three different actresses across the three movies. Windelov admitted that she has “no idea” who will replace Kidman in “Manderlay” but said von Trier is not necessarily seeking an equivalent Hollywood star. The third pic in the trilogy will be titled “Wasington.”

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