Reese Witherspoon No Longer Attached to Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Intern’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Reese Witherspoon Drops out of The
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Was in talks to star alongside Robert De Niro

Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern” may have hit a snag, as sources tell Variety that star Reese Witherspoon is no longer involved in the project.

The Warner Bros. comedy was supposed to star Witherspoon and Robert De Niro but insiders tell Variety Witherspoon recently passed on the project, adding that her schedule likely pushed her away from the film.

Sources indicate the studio may approach “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig as a replacement, but no offer has been made.

The news puts Meyers and the studio in a bit of a pickle, given that the movie was originally packaged as a Witherspoon-De Niro property before WB came on board. Witherspoon’s involvement is said to be a key reason the studio acquired “The Intern.”

The film was originally set up at Paramount with Michael Caine and Tina Fey circling the lead roles, but the studio put it in turnaround when a budget couldn’t be settled. Meyers then decided to pre-package before going out to other studios and was able to get negotiations for both stars started before last year’s American Film Market.

The CAA and LBI Entertainment-repped Witherspoon just wrapped the Fox Searchlight pic “Wild.”

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  1. Michael says:

    I can not believe this movie would be of any value with Reese Witherspoon . Anne Hathaway is way more talented ; Anne is the only actress who could hold her own , working with Robert De Niro . Who ever was responsible for casting Anne showed clear genius . If it was Nancy Meyers who was responable , way to go . I hope a part 2 is in the works ” The Inturn / Best Freind ” .

  2. malle says:

    this flick sounds a lot like that bomb with julia roberts and nick nolte, cub reporter, seasoned reporter
    on the flip side for the male/female parts…..doesn’t it

  3. Melly says:

    I hope they get Jennifer Aniston instead.

    • Julia says:

      Jen can’t act and would be no match for De Niro. If he still even wants the part. Nor would the project sell with the Aniston name attached.

  4. Keith says:

    Why dont they ask Tina Fey & Michael Caine again? That’d be amazing! It will be worth the budget!

  5. she is a good actress!liked her in”Cruel Intentions”..”Sweet Home Alabama”..the”Legally Blonde”movies and “Mud”

  6. APecuiliarBeing says:

    Reese WItherspoon is my favorite actress. She should be in everything; her talent, beauty and likability know no bounds.

  7. APeculiarBeing says:

    OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I love Reese so muchhhh. So disappointed. Why Kristen Wiig? She sucks. Reese is an OSCAR WINNER!!!!!!!!!!! She is my idol!

    I AM PRETENDING THIS MOVIE DOES NOT EXIST FROM THIS SECOND ON!!

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