Bruce Willis Replaced by Steve Carell in New Woody Allen Movie--Was He Fired?

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Bruce Willis was recently replaced by Steve Carell in a current Woody Allen film already in production. There is some confusion about the reason Willis was replaced, with reports running the gamut from his being fired to production interfering with his upcoming Broadway role in Misery.

The Boston Herald reports that Bruce Willis was set to star alongside Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, and Paul Schneider. Woody Allen serves as both writer and director.

Now with Steve Carell in Willis's role, prospective fans are no closer to knowing anything about the film. The plot is completely under wraps and no title has been announced.

Bruce Willis will appear alongside New York theater favorite Elizabeth Marvel in the screenplay of Stephen King's novel Misery starting this fall on Broadway. He will play the role of romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued following a car crash from a woman named Annie, who describes herself as his "Number One Fan." When Annie reads Paul's most recent manuscript and discovers he has killed off her favorite character, she begins torturing the author--forcing him to write a new novel.

Kathy Bates played the role of Annie in the film adaptation.

This is Bruce Willis's first run on Broadway. He was beaten to Broadway by daughter Rumer Willis, however, who is starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago, beginning on September 14. Bruce Willis is set to star in Misery beginning in October.

Do you expect Steve Carell replaced Bruce Willis in this upcoming Woody Allen film because he was fired or because of his obligations on Broadway instead?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.