Heche to cover 'Spread'

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Anne Heche is set to star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the indie romantic comedy "Spread," replacing Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The pair will mix it up in the tale of a womanizer and the lover he scorns. Kutcher's Katalyst production company is producing.

Leigh dropped out of the project Feb. 21 for undisclosed reasons. News reports have suggested that Leigh and her husband, "Margot at the Wedding" director Noah Baumbach, are expecting a child.

Heche has had a career resurgence on ABC's "Men in Trees." The series returned to the air Wednesday with 11 episodes in the can, giving Heche free time before the show likely resumes shooting in the summer.

With only a minor hiccup in the recasting, the Los Angeles-based production begins shooting with Heche immediately.

Katalyst's Jason Goldberg and Peter Morgan are producing, with Barbarian Films' Aaron Kaufman exec producing.

"Spread" is directed by David Mackenzie, who along with Kutcher is repped by Endeavor.

The script was written by Jason Dean Hall. Heche is repped by CAA, who also reps Hall, and Untitled.
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