Rumor patrol: Did 'The Story of Bonnie and Clyde' lose lead Hilary Duff?

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The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, a re-imagining of the classic story of the gangster duo, has quickly turned into the story of the disappearing Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers.

On Monday morning, rumors circulated that Duff, who announced earlier this month that she is expecting her first child with husband Mike Comrie, was dropped from the production of the adaptation. Reports indicated that a pregnant Duff would not be able to play the part of Bonnie until June, which would conflict with filming. Additionally, Duff’s co-star Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl), who was originally cast as Clyde, would no longer appear in the film due to scheduling conflicts surrounding his other projects.

While Duff and Zegers’ reps did not return EW’s request for comment, Cypress Moon Productions, the studio behind the long-in-the-works indie, confirmed that they did not let Duff go because of her pregnancy. “[That is] not true at all,” Cypress’ President Tonya Holly told us. Still, since the actress may not be available until June, scheduling could affect whether or not she’s able to participate in Bonnie and Clyde. The studio says that neither Duff nor Zegers broke any contracts, but if the green lit project, which is currently in negotiations, must film before either can take participate, they will need to consider re-casting the parts.

UPDATE: The producers of The Story of Bonnie and Clyde sent a statement to EW, which read, “While production has been pushed several times due to financial, scheduling and other factors such as tornadoes devastating some of our locations, we are currently gearing up to start production later this year. Unfortunately we now faced with scheduling conflicts with our leads Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers. We were told that Duff would not be available until June 2012 and that Zegers would not be available until January of the new year. Due to our obligations with investors and international buyers it is imperative that we stick to our current schedule. Therefore we are forced to explore other options for the two lead roles. Unfortunately this happens all the time in the world of filmmaking.”

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  • Dave

    That’s kinda what happens when it takes this long to get a film off the ground. I’m pretty sure I first heard about this movie (and the casting for it) at least 2 years ago.

  • Human

    She looks 42 year old in that picture

    • Egan

      She’s always had the face of a 40 year old.

      • Ben

        With or without all of the plastic surgery!

  • Melanie Jameson

    The producers are idiots. They announced that Hilary and Kevin Zegers would star in it back in January 2009 and have subsequently done nothing for two and a half years.
    When are they finally going to make ‘The Story of Bonnie and Clyde’? In a couple of months? Why not a year? How about a couple of decades?
    I hope Hilary does more mainstream movies from now on and begins her ascension to the A-list.

    • Susan

      That ship has sailed, friend.

  • Shiny

    Sounds thoroughly shady; is this a bona-fie prodco or just some fly-by-night fax-and-a-phone line scam set up in a studio apartment on Orange?

  • Marco

    They’d better snatch up Brad and Natalie for this movie. If they must remake it.

  • Elin Mattsson

    It’s ripe for a remake.

  • Lia

    They’re remaking B&C with two TV show actors that aren’t that good? Really? After what Warren B. and Faye D. did, they have the nerve to remake it with Disney and CW castoffs? What were they thinking?

  • lari

    hilary sucks as an actress anybody who doesnt see that is blind, why she even gets hired for any movie is beyond me, i have no life so i judge, but truly she is a bad actress

  • Burning Reels

    “Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula” starring Tiffany Shepis as a psychotic Bonnie is terrific, people should see it instead and forgeet all about “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.” If you really like Hilary Duff, you should see her in “Bloodworth,” it was released earlier this year.

  • Melting Projector

    Producers love to re-imagine Bonnie and Clyde, there have been three pornographic versions made set in the ’30s and Teenage Bonnie and Clepto Clyde, that tells it as a contemporary story.

  • Not Without My Film Stock

    Melting, you forgot about some pornographic versions, there’s even more. In total there’s Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie n’ Clyde, The Revenge of Bonnie and Clyde, The Erotic Adventures of Bonnie & Clyde, Bonnie & Clyde #3 and Bonny & Clyde, released in 2010.

  • Not Without My Film Stock

    Oops, that’s spelled Clide for the most recent release.

  • Summer

    In what f***ed up world do we live in when someone cast Hilary Duff in a Bonnie & Clyde movie?

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