Ang Lee's upcoming movie, Life of Pi, is said to be Oscar-worthy and stars a cast of relatively unknown actors...and Tobey Maguire. Until now—the actor's part has been cut from the final product, with a source close to the project saying that Maguire was simply "too famous" for the movie's scene that involved him and "stuck out too much" among the rest of the cast.
In a statement on the Hollywood Reporter, Maguire said, "I fully support Ang's decision to go a different direction for this role in Life of Pi. Ang shared a lot of the film with me, and what I saw was absolutely beautiful." In a similarly supportive statement, Lee added, "To be consistent with the other casting choices made for the film, I decided to go with an entirely international cast. I very much admire Tobey and look forward to working with him again in the future.
Life of Pi is slated to be released on November 21 this year and stars Gerard Depardieu, which makes the "too famous" thing a little odd, since we'd say that Depardieu is also a very well-known actor thanks to the number of movies he's been in.
Maguire's next appearance on the big screen will be as Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, which was recently pushed back to a 2013 release. Gatsby also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan, and is directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Posted by Jena
9/5/2012 8:00 PM