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McAvoy pulls out of cancer movie

Published 03/03/2010 | 14:20

James McAvoy has had to pull out of a comedy film about a cancer sufferer
James McAvoy has had to pull out of a comedy film about a cancer sufferer

James McAvoy has pulled out of his role in an untitled comedy movie, previously known as I'm With Cancer.

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The Atonement actor was due to co-star with Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen and Bryce Dallas Howard in the film, based on a true story, about a mild-mannered young man who is diagnosed with cancer, but his representative has told E! he has pulled out "due to unrelated circumstances beyond his control".

James, 30, and wife Anne-Marie Duff announced in January that they are expecting their first child together later this year.

Meanwhile, 500 Days Of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt has stepped in to take on the role.

Seth Rogen, who is also producing the movie, said: "It's incredibly unfortunate that circumstances outside of everyone's control have taken James away from the project, but, with James's blessing, we were able to have Joseph step in to take on the role of Adam. We all look forward to working with James in the future."

Director Jonathan Levine added: "I feel extremely lucky that our film has found an exceptional actor to step into the role of Adam. I have admired Joseph's work since Brick, and I am so excited to work with him."

The film is due to start shooting in Vancouver on March 8.

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