Natalie Portman, who was attached to star in and produce Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is facing scheduling conflicts that will keep her from making the start date of that horror adaptation, which has urged David O. Russell to move onto this new project instead.
Old St. Louis will star Vince Vaughn as a traveling toy salesman who is trying to reconnect with his distant daughter. Scarlett Johansson was set to play the love interest who quits her job as a secretary to join the father and daughter on a cross-country sales trip. David O. Russell plans to shoot Old St. Louis this spring, which means that Scarlett Johansson will be forced to drop out due to her own scheduling conflicts.
The good news for the project is that Chloe Moretz is now back on Old St. Louis as the young daughter. She originally had to pass on the movie because of her own scheduling issues, though they appear to be cleared up.