Hugh Grant has exited “Lost for Words,” the Working Title-produced romantic comedy for Universal Pictures. Creative differences were cited.
Grant had agreed last summer to play a British thesp approached to star in a film by a Chinese director. After a flirtation with her translator, the actor falls for the director.
Ziyi Zhang is playing the director. Susanne Bier is directing the film, and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Jonathan Cavendish. Jamie Curtis and Dan Mazer wrote the script.
While some of Grant’s best films — from “Love Actually” to “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” — have come with Working Title, this one didn’t work out and the actor officially withdrew late last week.
“This was a case of creative differences,” a spokeswoman for Grant said. “They were not able to get a script everyone agreed on but it’s our understanding that Working Title is moving ahead with the project and Hugh wishes them well.”