French actress to replace Shooting Star

Anais Demoustier to replace Irish actor Robert Sheehan

BERLIN -- Irish up-and-coming actor Robert Sheehan has dropped out of next year's Shooting Star event at the Berlin International Film Festival, citing conflicts with his shooting schedule for Nick Hamm's "Killing Bono."

Sheehan was one of 10 young European actors picked for the 2010 Shooting Stars -- a networking event in which young talent gets to meet international producers, scouts and casting agents for one-on-one face time. But "Killing Bono" will be shooting throughout January and February, making it impossible for Sheehan to travel to Berlin.

"I am, of course, hugely disappointed that I will not be able to attend this event," Sheehan said in a letter to Shooting Stars organizers. "I was deeply honored to be selected for this prestigious award and I send my very best wishes to all the other Shooting Stars and the festival."

Sheehan will be replaced by French actress Anais Demoustier, whose credits include Anna Novion's "Grown Ups" (2007) and "Time of the Wolf" (2003) from director Michael Haneke.

The 2010 Shooting Stars runs Feb. 13-15 in Berlin. The 60th Berlin festival runs Feb. 11-21.