Last week we learned that Hollywood legend Angela Lansbury had joined the cast of the fantasy/romance drama Adaline. But just when it seemed like everything was shaping up, the lead actress jumped ship! According to Deadline, Katherine Heigl, whom was set to play the title character is no longer attached to the project leaving it without a leading lady.

Adaline centers on a young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, who is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who she considers losing her immortality to be with. While she’s stuck in her late twenties, Lansbury will play her 80 year old daughter who needs her help because she can no longer take care of herself.

Last night Heigl’s reps rung up the folks over at Lakeshore Entertainment and officially withdrew from the project. The actress stated that she wasn’t ready to go back to work yet, being that she’s a new mother and wants to spend time with her daughter. This is also one of the reasons she took her first hiatus from “Greys Anatomy” before eventually being written out of the show.

Lakeshore partner Gary Lucchesi, a producer on the film said, “We were scheduled to shoot mid-March and we hope to achieve that. We are great fans of hers and if this is what she has to do, we respect that.”

What do you think of Heigl’s decision to leave? Who could replace her?