Houdini has lost its star. Hugh Jackman announced Monday that he’s pulled out from playing Harry Houdini in a 2014 Broadway play about the magician.
“I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini,” the actor said in a statement. “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time that this role would require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they’re well on their way to making something extraordinary.”
Although has been attached to the project since January 2012, the show must go on. “Hugh has been terrific to have on this part of the journey,” the show’s producer explained. “We will continue to move forward with our remarkable creative team, as they craft this ambitious new musical.”