French first lady Carla Bruni won't be replaced on Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" with look-alike actress Lea Seydoux.
A rep for Seydoux tells France's Voici magazine that she was just added to the cast.
Seydoux's role has not yet been made clear. The actress had a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and a much larger part in Robin Hood.
And now, the line that makes me believe the film is being shot using Merlin-style reverse time:
The UK Daily Mail reported Thursday that Seydoux, who at 25 is nearly two decades older than Bruni, 42, reshot all of Bruni's scenes.
‘The American director has taken the precaution of filming the First Lady’s scenes with someone else,’ a source told Paris website Bakchich.info.
That seems likely. Then again, from what we heard earlier, it’s not much of a part. Bruni had no lines. She was supposed to walk into a store and buy a baguette, but they had to do about 9,385 takes because she kept looking at the camera. She may be gorgeous, but she’s a few wedges shy of an entire cheese wheel, as they say in France.