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Carey quits, Newton takes over film role

June 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- Thandie Newton will take the place of Mariah Carey in director Tyler Perry's new movie.

Perry chose Newton after Carey dropped out less than a week before shooting was to start for the movie "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," People Magazine reported.

After Carey quit, Perry wrote in a letter to fans, "I said (to Carey), 'What? You're kidding me? It's five days before she has to go.

Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and Janet Jackson also appear in the adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 play.

Perry said Carey's doctor had advised her not to perform in the film.

"I was told that we got a call, saying that even though our deal was done, she had been advised by her doctor not to do the film," Perry wrote. "I said, 'What? You know I want a doctor's note, don't you?"

Some have speculated Carey is pregnant.

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