Leighton Meester Drops Out of “Veronica Mars” Movie

Posted Monday July 15, 2013 11:28 AM GMT

When creator Rob Thomas and actress Kristen Bell raised millions of dollars from Kickstarter to make a “Veronica Mars” movie, they tried to get all the original cast members to come back for the gig.

But unfortunately, Leighton Meester won’t be reprising her role as Carrie Bishop, as she has too much going on with her bustling career.

Thomas explained, "Sadly, Leighton was doing a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast. In the end, she was unavailable. One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn't make Leighton's schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie."

To that end, Rob recruited Andrea Estella from the band Twin Sister. Estella gushed, "This is the first movie I've ever appeared in. I had never seen Veronica Mars before all of this. I've been increasingly interested in finding new TV shows to plough through. I watched the Veronica Mars Pilot and was totally into it! It's the exact kind of show I would get obsessed with, so it's been a bit of dream to be in a movie, especially being a messed up rock princess. How could I say no? I think the (Veronica Mars) fans are going to be very happy!"

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