"Twilight" star Ashley Greene has come on to replace Anna Kendrick in Zach Braff's Kickstarter movie "Wish I Was Here," the director announced to the project's backers on Tuesday night.
Also joining the cast are "Scrubs" alums Bob Clendenin, Matt Winston and Alexander Chaplin.
Braff's announcement chalked the casting switch up to a scheduling conflict.
"Well, since you're having your first shot as being movie producer, it's time you experience something that happens a lot: Scheduling conflicts. We've tried our hardest, but we've been unable to figure out the lovely Anna Kendrick's scheduling conflicts with another movie she's doing. This happens all the time in movie-land. Putting the shooting schedule together is like planning 25 weddings: each day has so many moving pieces and locations. I love Anna so much and can't wait to work with her one day."
As for Greene, Braff described the actress as beautiful, talented and funny. She'll put that package to use as Janine, a young woman into Cosplay who Braff's brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with.
"You may know Ashley from Twilight. I've known Ashley for a couple years now and I'm so excited she's accepted my invitation to join our Kickstarter Klub. Not only is Ashley gorgeous and charming, but she is hilarious, a very good actress and normal and cool and we are so lucky to have her," wrote Braff.
"Wish I Was Here" stars Braff as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband who is still trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35.
Kate Hudson co-stars alongside Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison and Gad, among others.
Braff ("Garden State") is directing from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are producing and production starts in August.
Greene, who played Alice Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," next stars in Dimension's horror movie "Random" and Randall Miller's indie "CBGB." She's repped by CAA, McKeon-Myones Management and attorney Bianca Levin.