For the past few months the Seth Rogen produced comedy formerly titled, I’m With Cancer has really been shaping up. They landed James McAvoy as the lead and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick as one of the supporting actors, but according to MTV a major change has occurred. McAvoy is no longer attached and 500 Days of Summer actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set as his replacement.
Shooting on the film had already begun when McAvoy opted out of the role due to what sources are citing as “personal reasons.” One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, because producers have already tapped Gordon-Levitt to take over.
Summit Entertainment has confirmed the switcheroo on the film that began shooting last month in Vancouver. Production temporarily stopped, but will resume next week on March 8th. Seth Rogen who’s a producer and co-star released an official statement regarding McAvoy’s decision to leave.
“It’s incredibly unfortunate that circumstances outside of everyone’s control have taken James away from the project, but, with James’ blessing, we were able to have Joseph step in to take on the [lead] role of Adam. We all look forward to working with James in the future.”
The film’s story centers on a cancer stricken twenty-something who successfully beats the disease despite his slim chances for survival. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like the studio just lucked up with Levitt. He’s one of the most talented actors of his generation and he’s slightly younger than McAvoy, which means he’s a little closer to the character’s age. As a fan of both actors, I hope everything works out for the best.
What do you think about Gordon-Levitt replacing McAvoy? Was it the right decision?