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Winslet Reads for Kidman

Published January 9, 2008 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety.
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Talk about a fast replacement. After announcing her departure from The Reader due to pregnancy yesterday, Nicole Kidman's replacement has already been found. Not even a day later, The Weinstein Company announced that Kate Winslet will be filling in.

Kate Winslet the New Reader

The Reader has to be one of the luckiest productions (of the year)! Though the film lost its lead female character, the production recovered unbelievably quick. The Reader began shooting last year, and was expected to continue this month with Kidman, who had yet to shoot any scenes, onboard. Pregnancy sucks, sure, but they got Kate Winslet.

While author Bernhard Schlink began hinting at Winslet's casting immediately, it took studio sources a little longer to confirm them.

Based on the novel by the same name, The Reader tells the story of a teen who falls for an enigmatic older woman in postwar Germany.

Winslet is no stranger to the script. She was the first choice for the role but was unable to do the movie because of a scheduling conflict with Revolutionary Road, the film that reteams her with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by husband, Sam Mendes. Kidman then took the role, and the filmmakers built in a hiatus to accommodate her when the production of the Baz Luhrmann-directed Australia went longer than expected.

The hiatus also worked for Winslet, who is now available for the part.

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