Julianne Moore Leaves ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Julianne Moore has exited Nicole Holofcener’s drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me” due to creative differences, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Fox Searchlight project, also starring Chris O’Dowd, had been set to start shooting in about a week and executives have begun seeking a replacement for Moore. Anne Carey is producing.

Holofcener is directing from her own script, based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by journalist Lee Israel. In 1992, Israel had fallen on hard times and began selling letters that she had forged from deceased writers and actors. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them.

In  1993, Israel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property and served six months under house arrest. She died last year.

The film would have been Moore’s first since her lead actress Oscar win for “Still Alice.” She will be seen next in October in the drama “Freeheld” with Ellen Page and Steve Carell and in November in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.”

Moore has also completed production on romantic comedy “Maggie’s Plan,” which also stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Monte Greene.

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  1. Steve Sands says:

    A few weeks ago in a story by Variety’s Dave McNary reporting on Julianne Moore’s departure from “Can you ever forgive me” that “The film would have been Moore’s first since her lead actress Oscar win for “Still Alice.” Apparently Me McNary hasn’t done his research. The very day after her Oscar win she flew back to New York to star in Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan” with Ethan Hawke. Spend the money on fact checkers pleaaaase!

  2. Alan says:

    The movie has now been shelved and people are out of work. Thanks, Julianne Moore. It’s a beautiful script. Must be trouble in paradise.


    • Steve Sands says:

      For those who know anything about the film business , major actors always have a contract out option if the project they agreed to changes dramatically beyond what the talent signs on for. Give the 3 time nominee and recent winner a break- she must be doing something right and that movie wasn’t right for her.

  3. Chris says:

    How about Marion Cotillard? She does an English accent.

  4. Joanne says:

    I like Amy Adams, Hilary Swank

  5. Leanne says:

    What about actress Cherry Jones. She is fantastic???

  6. Cory says:

    What about Julia or Kate Hudson?

  7. Cory says:

    Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter, Julia Louie Dreyfuss,

  8. Jeff says:

    Need a Hollywood dictionary. What are “creative differences” exactly?

    • Bill B. says:

      She didn’t like something they were doing. Probably the script or something they changed about it or maybe she didn’t get along with the director or her co-star. Who knows, but it’s hard to give a good performance in something that you are not happy being in, so it’s for the best for all.

    • Brian Toohey says:

      Usually means that as they get closer to production there are disagreements about how her role should be played. If I had to guess, I’d say that she initially liked the script, which is why she signed on, but that she and the director had different takes on the character or just plain didn’t get along, and that Moore didn’t think she could give the performance the director wanted, or didn’t want to, and felt that her instincts about the part weren’t being respected. Or the director decided she didn’t like Moore in the part after all, or felt she couldn’t communicate with her, but considering how familiar the world (and by proxy Holofcener) is with Moore and her work, that’s probably unlikely. There could be problems with the production team, but in a case like this on an actor-centric drama, it’s also unlikely. But citing creative differences is just a way not to have to get into the he-said, she-said (or in this case, she-said, she-said) of it all and reveal to the public what could be run with as gossip or dirty laundry when, in a nutshell, it’s an inability to work together or a difference in opinion about how the material should be approached that can’t be rectified or compromised.

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