Joseph Gordon-Levitt Replaces McAvoy in That 'Cancer Comedy'
Back in early January it was announced that The Wackness director Jonathan Levine would be taking over the Seth Rogen-produced "cancer comedy" originally titled I'm With Cancer. The project is screenwriter Will Reiser's semi-autobiographical story about a 25-year-old who learns he has cancer. It's based on the real experiences of Reiser, who was diagnosed with cancer and successfully battled the disease over several years. British actor James McAvoy was set to star (before Levine was attached) but according to MTV, has now dropped out of this "for personal reasons" and been replaced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead.
Seth Rogen released a statement confirming this casting change and explaining a bit about what happened.
"It's incredibly unfortunate that circumstances outside of everyone's control have taken James away from the project, but, with James's blessing, we were able to have Joseph step in to take on the [lead] role of Adam. We all look forward to working with James in the future."
Gordon-Levitt is really stepping in last minute, as this had already started shooting up in Vancouver. The production has been temporarily halted and will resume again next week. It looks like McAvoy dropped out part of the way in for some big reason - either something personal or maybe he was finally cast as Bilbo in The Hobbit? The rest of the I'm With Cancer (or whatever it'll be called) cast still includes: Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Philip Baker Hall, and Anjelica Huston. This is a project I've been looking forward to for a long while, especially with Jonathan Levine directing and the cast they've assembled. And replacing McAvoy with Gordon-Levitt is perfect - both actors are two of the best out there.