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Rachel McAdams quits 'Passengers'; Keanu Reeves sci-fi movie is now in limbo

Rachel McAdams
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Rachel McAdams has dropped out of the sci-fi movie "Passengers," and the movie (starring Keanu Reeves) is now in limbo. According to a Hollywood Reporter article published on March 13, 2014, McAdams' departure from "Passengers" led to the Weinstein Company dropping the movie. The film's producers are now seeking U.S. distribution from another company.

No reason was given for McAdams' exit from "Passengers."

According to The Hollywood Reporter: "Exclusive Media is representing international rights. Insiders say 'Game of Thrones' and 'Boardwalk Empire' director Brian Kirk was set to start shooting 'Passengers' in Germany on April 7, but the start date has been pushed back by at least several weeks, if not more. 'Passengers,' hoping to tap into the same success that 'Gravity' enjoyed, stars Reeves as a colonist aboard a spacecraft carrying 5,000 sleeping passengers to a new world. After accidentally awakening and becoming lonely, he rouses Aurora. Falling in love, they eventually realize it is up to them to save everyone on the journey. Reese Witherspoon was attached to star in 'Passengers' before McAdams."

This movie is not to be confused with the psychological drama movie "Passengers," which was released in 2008 and starred Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson.

According to the Internet Movie Database, McAdams' upcoming movies include the thriller "A Most Wanted Man" (which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival), the drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," the animated "The Little Prince" and a still-untitled movie written and directed by Cameron Crowe.

McAdams rose to fame in 2004 with the release of the movie hits "Mean Girls" and "The Notebook." She has appeared in several independent and major studio movies, including "Wedding Crashers," "The Vow," "Sherlock Holmes," "State of Play," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Morning Glory," "Midnight in Paris," "To the Wonder," "Passion" and "About Time." All of these movies are available on VOD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.

Reeves was most recently in the Universal Pictures box-office bomb "47 Ronin," a movie about Japanese samurai. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "47 Ronin" cost $175 million to produce but grossed only $146 million worldwide. "47 Ronin" was Reeves' first starring role in a major studio movie since the 2008 remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still," which also flopped. He appeared in mostly independent films since then, including "Man of Tai Chi" (his directorial debut), "Henry's Crime" and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."

March 15, 2014 update: "Passengers" screenwriter Jon Spaihts has commented on the movie's recent troubles. Click here for more details.