After spending six seasons perfecting the lovable biyotch Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester will not be reprising her role as mean girl Carrie Bishop in the Veronica Mars film.
The television show’s creator and film director Rob Thomas recently announced that Meester's character will instead return as musician Andrea Estella, lead singer of Twin Sister, whose songs will be featured in the film. The creator is a fan of the indie pop band and often was inspired by their song "I Want a House" while writing the script for the movie. The Gossip Girl alum, who played Carrie for two episodes during the first season of the series, is "unavailable" to appear in the movie as she is filming "a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast," announced Thomas in an email to Kickstarter backers.
"One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role," Thomas explained. "Once it became evident that we couldn't make Leighton's schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie." Fortunately, he also added that Estella "has an amazing voice; I can’t get enough of it."
Since the film's Kickstarter campaign wrapped in April with a total of $5.7 million (well above the $2 million goal), Kristen Bell has been joined by returning actors Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Ken Marino, and Enrico Colantoni. Justin Long and Gaby Hoffmann will also have cameos in the long awaited film, scheduled for release in 2014, seven years after the UPN/CW series ended. We know Estella can sing, but are her acting chops up to par with these talented actors? Watch her perform here while we await her film debut.
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Actress Leighton Meester has been ruled out of reprising her Veronica Mars role for the upcoming movie due to scheduling difficulties. Rob Thomas, who created the cult TV series upon which the film is based, has managed to gather many of the programme's original cast members, including Kristen Bell and Krysten Ritter, but was unable to secure the former Gossip Girl star due to her previous commitments.
Devotees hoped Meester would reprise her role as Carrie Bishop in the fan-funded movie, but Thomas has now replaced the actress with Twin Sister singer Andrea Estella in her debut acting role.
In a statement posted on the movie's official Kickstarter.com page, Thomas writes, "Sadly, Leighton was doing a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast. In the end, she was unavailable. One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn't make Leighton's schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie."
Estella adds, "This is the first movie I've ever appeared in. I had never seen Veronica Mars before all of this. I've been increasingly interested in finding new TV shows to plough through. I watched the Veronica Mars Pilot and was totally into it! It's the exact kind of show I would get obsessed with, so it's been a bit of dream to be in a movie, especially being a messed up rock princess. How could I say no? I think the (Veronica Mars) fans are going to be very happy!"
Thomas will also include two of Twin Sister's songs on the movie's soundtrack.