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.