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Lea Seydoux may be replacing Carla Bruni in Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris'




rsz_tbd-leaseydoux091010.jpgCarla Bruni may be France's first lady, but it sounds like she's Woody Allen's second choice, since he's reportedly cutting her out of his latest movie. Just because she's too old and can't act? That's harsh.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail shares a report from Parisian website (since we don't read French) that claims Allen has taken to reshooting scenes of Bruni in Midnight in Paris with 25-year-old Lea Seydoux, who is almost 20 years younger than the 42-year-old wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Her shoot with the likes of Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard has been notoriously difficult, with rumors she's had to do dozens of takes, even for scenes in which she has no lines. But is Carla out entirely?

"Lea’s an absolute star -- and looks wise uncannily similar to Carla in her younger days," a source said about the reshoots. "Lea will also have cost a lot more to hire than Carla, and Allen’s people won’t want to have wasted their money." Sounds like this production's finances have been run about as tightly as the French retiree pension program.

[Photos: Woody Allen lays it out for Carla in July, top, but may be bumped for Lea, below. Getty Images]


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:51pm]


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