Bloom drops out of 'Education'


LONDON -- Orlando Bloom has pulled out of Lone Scherfig's "An Education" because of scheduling clashes just as the movie began rolling, the producers said Monday.

Bloom was replaced by Dominic Cooper ("The History Boys") in the movie penned by oft-adapted British novelist Nick Hornby.

Producers have moved quickly to replace Bloom on the film, which began shooting Monday and will be in front of the cameras until May on location in and around London, Oxford and Paris.

Cooper joins a cast already boasting Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson.

Also signing up for director Scherfig's latest is Cara Seymour, whose credits include "The Savages," "Hotel Rwanda" and "Adaptation."

Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, "An Education" was developed from an early stage with BBC Films. The film is being financed by James D. Stern's Endgame Entertainment and BBC Films, with Odyssey Entertainment handling worldwide sales.

Scherfig ("Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself") is directing from Hornby's script based on a piece of memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber.

Billed as a coming-of-age drama set in early 1960s London, the story centers on a 17-year-old girl whose suburban life is about to be blown apart by the arrival of a thirtysomething playboy.

Executive producers are James D. Stern and Endgame Entertainment's Douglas E. Hansen and Wendy Japhet, and David M Thompson and Jamie Laurenson for BBC Films.