Timothy Olyphant is Replacing Sharlto Copley in 'Number Four'
Oh no, I was actually really looking forward to seeing Wikus Van De Merwe in this! Variety is reporting that actor Sharlto Copley has recently dropped out of D.J. Caruso's I Am Number Four due to "scheduling conflicts with his upcoming press obligations for Fox's The A-Team." Well that sucks (note: read ahead for the apparent real reason why he left). To replace him, Caruso has cast Timothy Olyphant instead to play the role of Henri, a guardian and mentor to the story's title character (played by Alex Pettyfer), an alien from another planet who escaped before it was destroyed by another rival species and has come to Earth to hide.
I'm not really the biggest fan of Olyphant, who recently appeared in The Crazies and A Perfect Getaway and stars on "Justified," but he's a good actor and can do a good job in the right roles. For some reason, I'm not that excited for I Am Number Four yet, mainly because I don't know that much about it nor do I really care for the cast or anyone else involved. That said, I was particularly looking forward to seeing Sharlto in this, but now that he's out, my interest has dropped again (until I see some footage). Let's hope there are no other major snags before production begins. We'll keep you updated as shooting starts this month in Pittsburgh.
Update: I'm hesitant to report this, but it's so crazy, I think I have to mention it! FilmDrunk claims that they have the real story behind why Sharlto left this movie: "Copley wanted wear a prosthetic nose and fake ears like Spock and look like an alien in the movie, while director DJ Caruso was adamant that the aliens were supposed to look just like regular humans, hence why they’re able to fit in. This was apparently such a sticking point that neither would budge, and Copley left the project." Wow. Make what you will of that.