Leighton Meester Not Doing ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie, Replaced By Andrea Estella
The creator of “Veronica Mars” Rob Thomas has announced that Leighton Meester will not reprise her role in the upcoming fan-funded movie and will instead be replaced with singer Andrea Estella who will play Carrie Bishop.
Rob Thomas issued a statement via his website that while he was able to secure most of the original cast members of the series (including Kristen Bell who will be playing Veronica, Adam Scott will once more tackle the role of Mr. Rooks ) the former Gossip Girl is unable to take part in the project because of previous engagement (rumors are flying around claiming that Leighton Meester was not really interested in the small budget film).
Rob Thomas said:
“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.”
“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!”
Two songs from Twin Sister will be featured in the movie’s soundtrack.