The Ice Harvest: According to Variety, Connie Nielsen has been set to replace Monica Bellucci as the female lead in The Ice Harvest, a Harold Ramis-directed black comedy for Focus Features that stars John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton.

Bellucci had to drop out of the role because she and her actor husband, Vincent Cassel, are expecting a baby in the fall.

Filming begins in a few weeks and Nielsen was available to step in and play a strip club owner of a strip club who manipulates a gangster (Thornton) and a lawyer (Cusack) into stealing a wealthy politician's money.

Robert Benton and Richard Russo adapted the Scott Phillips novel.