Woody Allen finds Kidman replacement

U.K. actress Lucy Punch joins cast of untitled pic

Woody Allen has tapped British actress Lucy Punch to join the cast of his upcoming untitled film. She replaces Nicole Kidman.

Allen does not disclose details on plot, characters or even his titles, but sources said Punch will play a high-priced call girl similar to Ashley Dupre, who was at the center of the scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Kidman bowed out because of a schedule overlap with “The Rabbit Hole,” the John Cameron Mitchell-directed film she is producing as well as toplining.

Landing the role is a coup for Punch, who co-starred in the CBS sitcom “The Class” in the 2006-07 season. Her screen credits include “Hot Fuzz,” and she just wrapped “Young Americans,” starring Anna Faris and Topher Grace.

Punch joins Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto in a film that Allen will shoot in London, with financing from Mediapro, the Spain-based company responsible for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

Punch is repped by ICM.

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