The project was put on hold shortly after Witherspoon was attached to star in the big-screen version of Janet Evanovich's novel of the same name, and movie bosses have now cast Grey's Anatomy actress Heigl as Stephanie Plum, an unemployed lingerie buyer who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet.
The reason behind Witherspoon's departure is currently unknown.
Filming on the movie is expected to begin as soon as the screenplay is completed, reports Variety.
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