The cast of romantic drama Zoe is seeing some big changes, with the male lead being swapped out for a very different actor.
The change is being made due to scheduling conflicts, but let's be real here - a move from Charlie Hunnam to Ewan Trainspotting McGregor as the romantic lead is more than just a simple swap. This is a major change. For one thing, I think you'll agree with this writer when he says that McGregor is by far the better actor of the two, despite some of Hunnam's charms.
Another is the age difference. There's almost a decade between McGregor and Hunnam, and almost a decade and a half between McGregor and Zoe's female lead Léa Seydoux (pictured left; a fantastic actor you probably saw most recently in The Lobster or Blue is the Warmest Colour, or being egregiously misused in Spectre). A young actress being paired with an older actor is (unfortunately) par for the course in Hollywood casting, so Hunnam would at least have been a step in the right direction there.
All in all, an odd development. However, it could be a good one overall: Zoe, which concerns a pair of colleague who work at a revolutionary research lab, designing special technology to enhance their love lives, is being directed by Drake Doremus, who's recently distinguished himself with dramas such as Like Crazy and most recently Newness, which is currently getting a certain amount of buzz at Sundance.
Newness seems to share some themes with Zoe, as it revolves around the sexual and romantic politics wrapped up in social media and hookup culture. Newness is getting buzz mostly for its slick visuals and cool demeanour rather than its ideas, so whatever Doremus makes of Zoe and its odd u-turn casting manoeuvre, it should at least be nice to look at.
No definitive release date yet for Zoe, though we're likely looking at later this year or early next year, as it will likely be making the rounds and seeking distribution on the festival circuit.