Actress dropped out due to pregnancy
Tough Enough”). Sources confirmed the casting. Drama concerns a teen who falls for an enigmatic older woman in postwar Germany. Winslet is no stranger to the script: She was the first choice for the role but was unable to do the movie because of a scheduling conflict with “Revolutionary Road,” the film that reteams her with “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by husband, Sam Mendes. Kidman then took the role, and the filmmakers built in a hiatus to accommodate her when the production of the Baz Luhrmann-directed “Australia” went longer than expected. Kidman stars in that film with Hugh Jackman. By the time Kidman withdrew from the project because she and husband Keith Urban are expecting a baby, Winslet was available again, and the film will remain on schedule. “The Reader” is produced by Mirage Prods. partners Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella plus Scott Rudin for the Weinstein Co. Studio Babelsberg is co-producing. Pic has received E2.8 million ($4.1 million) in funding from regional and federal film subsidies in Germany. “The Reader” has pre-sold to a number of foreign distribs, including Senator Film for Germany and Austria, Ascot Elite Entertainment for Switzerland and Odeon in Greece.
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