Hilary Duff No Longer Starring in 'The Story of Bonnie and Clyde'
The movie's producers deny speculation that the former Disney actress was dropped from the project due to her pregnancy.
Hilary Duff will not be playing legendary outlaw Bonnie Parker in a new indie film The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, but the film's producers are denying it is because the actress is pregnant.
Duff, who is married to Canadian professional hockey player Mike Comrie, announced her pregnancy on her web site Aug. 14. And when reports surfaced that the producers are looking for a new actress to play the part, speculation began that she was dropped from the project because she is pregnant.
Not so, claim Tonya Holly and Tom Rogers, who are producing for Cypress Moon Studios. In a statement released Monday, they said they had been told Duff would not be available to work on the project until June of next year.
Kevin Zegers, who was set to costar as Clyde Barrow, is also no longer part of the project, with the producers saying he would not be available to begin filming until January.
While the project has already encountered several delays – the producers cited ”financial, scheduling and other factors such as tornados devastating some of our locations” – they said they currently plan to begin production later this year.
“Due to our obligations with investors and international buyers it is imperative that we stick to our current schedule,” they added. “Therefore we are forced to explore other options for the two lead roles. Unfortunately this happens all the time in the world of filmmaking.”
Representatives for the two actors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.