When I wrote about Nicole Kidman signing up for the next Woody Allen film in March, I bit my tongue and didn't mention my doubts. While I knew she could handle the material, I had a sneaking suspicion that it wouldn't come to fruition. This was not because I can see the future, but because many projects that she signs on for she inevitably exits -- Manderlay, The Reader, The Producers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, etc.

And now she's out of Allen's latest ensemble piece, according to Variety. While she was a solid addition to the cast that boasts the likes of Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, and Freida Pinto, there's now a big hole to fill before production kicks off in London this summer. So the big question is: Who will fill it this time, and who should?

For the films I mentioned above, Kidman was replaced with Bryce Dallas Howard, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, and of course, Angelina Jolie. (What a different world we'd be in if Pitt was matched with Kidman...) In other words, there's no tried and true Kidman replacement -- they run the gamut. Personally, I'd like to see someone like Maggie Gyllenhaal or Julie Delpy take over, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Woody's beloved ScarJo come to the rescue.

Who would you cast?
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