Fans have been waiting for ‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas to confirm Leighton Meester’s role, but he has now revealed to contributors to the film’s Kickstarter campaign that Meester won’t be joining the movie adaptation.
Leighton Meester’s role as Carrie Bishop will now be played by Andrea Estella, the lead singer of the band ‘Twin Sister.’ Rob Thomas says he’s a fan of the band and also plans to include a couple of their songs.
Meester played Carrie for two episodes during Veronica Mars’ first season. In an e-mail to backers of the movie’s Kickstarter campaign, series creator Thomas said he was hoping Meester could appear in the movie but that scheduling issues were to blame. He explained: “Sadly, Leighton was doing a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast. In the end, she was unavailable.”
Thomas also explained of his decision to choose Estella. “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.” He explains that Estella “has an amazing voice; I can’t get enough of it.”
Veronica Mars, which is currently being filmed, will be Andrea Estella’s debut film. She joins returning stars Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen and Enrico Colantoni.
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