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Kate Winslet is in line to replace Nicole Kidman in Stephen Daldry's post-World War II drama "The Reader."

Kidman pulled out of the Weinstein Co. production because of her pregnancy. She was set to begin shooting on the drama, an adaptation of the Bernhard Schlink best-seller, this month in Germany.

Shooting is now more likely to start in late February or March, according to a spokesman for Cologne, Germany-based MMC Studios, where Daldry will shoot the bulk of the production.

MMC said casting was under way for a Kidman replacement but that no decision had yet been made. Other production sources, however, said that Winslet was gearing up to step into the role.

Schlink has expressed his preference for Winslet in the German media, telling newspaper the Berliner Morgenpost that Winslet would "fit wonderfully" in the role alongside fellow Brit Ralph Fiennes.

"The Reader" cast includes a wealth of German talent, among them Karoline Herfurth ("Perfume"), Bruno Ganz ("Downfall") and Hannah Herzsprung ("Four Minutes").

Scott Roxborough reported from Cologne, Germany; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York.
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