Anyone who knows Harmony Korine's directorial work, which includes such grimy cult classics as Trash Humpers, Gummo, Julien Donkey-boy, and his best work to date, Mister Lonely, knows they are not getting a typical teen sex romp with the man's latest effort Spring Breakers. Star Emma Roberts obviously didn't know Harmony Korine's previous work.
Set to headline this "spoof", if you will, of the Spring Break comedies so prominent in the 80s, the young actress has bailed on the movie, because she didn't see eye-to-eye with the director (whose first major project was writing the screenplay for the controversial, sex-drenched coming-of-age drama Kids). She should have known what to expect. Alas, she had no clue what she was getting herself into.
A source close to the production said this.
"There were creative differences that couldn't be resolved."
While Emma Roberts has permanently jumped ship on what might be one of the most interesting comedies of the year, other major stars are staying put. James Franco will hold onto his co-starring role as a drug dealer-turned-rapper who bails a group of girlfriends out of jail so that he can use them in a plot to kill his arch nemesis.
Walt Disney cast-offs Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are sticking with the project as well, starring alongside Harmony Korine's real-life wife Rachel Korine, as the three (formerly four) buddies who rob a bank to pay for their spring break trip to the beach, only to wind up behind bars as soon as they hit the surf.
There is no news on who will replace Emma Roberts. Harmony Korine had purposely collected a group of well-known young actresses with a similar reputation in Hollywood. Sources say that he is currently courting Demi Lovato and Elle Fanning as a replacement, as well as Modern Family's Sarah Hyland.