Hugh Grant has departed from Lost for Words, a romantic comedy for Universal Pictures' shingle Working Title, over creative differences.
According to Variety}, Grant had agreed last summer to play a British thesp approached to star in a film by a Chinese director. After a flirtation with her translator, the actor falls for the director.
Ziyi Zhang is playing the director. Susanne Bier is directing the film, and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Jonathan Cavendish. Jamie Curtis and Dan Mazer wrote the script.
While some of Grant's best films - from Love Actually to Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral - have come with Working Title, this one didn't work out and the actor officially withdrew late last week.
"This was a case of creative differences," a spokeswoman for Grant said. "They were not able to get a script everyone agreed on but it's our understanding that Working Title is moving ahead with the project and Hugh wishes them well."
No word on when production is set to begin.