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Richard Linklater exits The Rosie Project, following Jennifer Lawrence

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Richard Linklater has dropped out as director of Sony’s romantic dramedy The Rosie Project, following actress Jennifer Lawrence off the film.

Developed with Lawrence in mind, The Rosie Project is based on Graeme Simsion’s novel about a socially awkward genetics professor whose scientific scheme to find the perfect mate is upended when he meets a beguiling woman with all the opposite qualities he’s looking for. Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter (Paper Towns, 500 Days of Summer) wrote the script.

Linklater had boarded the film in July to work with Lawrence, but she exited Rosie on Monday. A person with knowledge of the project told EW that Lawrence’s withdrawal resulted from scheduling conflicts. (She may not be on the sidelines for long, though, as she’s in talks for director Darren Aronofsky’s untitled next film.)

Linklater’s departure, which was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, comes as the second director change for The Rosie Project, after the duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller left to helm the Star Wars spinoff about a young Han Solo.

The Rosie Project is still considered a priority at Sony, according to a person familiar with the film, and the studio will look to find a new star and director quickly.

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