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'Jumper' Star to Replace Dennis Hopper's Son in Wes Craven Horror

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Apr 17, 2008 | 5:10am EDT

Jumper star Max Thierot is to replace Dennis Hopper's son Henry Lee in Wes Craven's new horror movie 25/8--after the 17-year-old dropped out due to illness.

Henry Lee Hopper was set to make his big-screen debut in the legendary director's next project but was forced to withdraw from the film after contracting mononucleosis.

Craven reportedly attempted to delay filming to give Hopper time to recover, but feared that if it was rescheduled, the project would fall prey to a possible actors strike later this year.

Thierot, who starred alongside Hayden Christensen in this year's sci-fi thriller Jumper, has now been cast in Hopper's place and will start shooting in Connecticut this month.

And although Hopper is disappointed to have lost his part in the film, he's convinced Thierot will do a good job.

He says, "Wes said he was thinking about pushing the film back but couldn't because of the possible actors strike. I saw (Thierot's) audition, and he's a talented guy, really flexible, which fulfills the needs of the role."

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