Cameron Crowe’s Roadies is getting a makeover: The leading role that Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks previously occupied is being recast.
Sources close to the production tell EW that “Cameron and Christina loved working together” and that the recasting has “no reflection on Christina.” The character Hendricks was set to play is being entirely revamped, hence the decision to recast.
The Showtime pilot — which was written, directed, and executive produced by Crowe and also features J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Winnie Holzman as executive producers — follows a rock tour through the perspective of the roadies who make the tour happen.
Crowe is currently in the process of rewriting the part, says the source, and is looking forward to working with Hendricks in the future.
“Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best,” Abrams said in a June 2014 statement. “We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined.”
Hendricks currently appears in Comedy Central’s Another Period and recently wrapped production on the upcoming Hap and Leonard, which was granted a straight-to-series order by SundanceTV and is set to air in early 2016.