'Dallas' director walks over casting

April 4, 2006 at 6:28 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- "Dallas" director Robert Luketic has reportedly bolted from the big screen version of the TV hit because of casting decisions, it was reported Tuesday.

It was not revealed who among the high profile cast Luketic disagreed with, the Dallas Morning News reported.

John Travolta has been cast as J.R., Jennifer Lopez is playing his long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen; Luke Wilson was tapped as Bobby Ewing and Shirley MacLaine is the family matriarch, Miss Ellie.

The film was supposed to start shooting this summer with a Nov. 10 release, but without a director, filming has been pushed back to October with the release up in the air.

Betty Thomas, director of "Doctor Doolittle" and "I Spy" has reportedly been mentioned as a possible replacement for Luketic.

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