Blake Lively replaces 'Grey's Anatomy's' Katherine Heigl in 'Age of Adaline'

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Blake Lively is returning to acting after her 2012 wedding to Ryan Reynolds. The former "Gossip Girl" star snapped up a leading role in "Age of Adaline" alongside Ellen Burstyn.

Originally slated to play the role Lively has landed was "Grey's Anatomy" alum Katherine Heigl. Deadline, which broke the news about Lively and Burstyn's casting, didn't give a reason for Heigl's departure, but it is worth noting she doesn't have a very positive reputation in the film industry.

Lively will play titular character Adaline in the upcoming project. Deadline says "Age of Adaline" follows "the miraculous life of the 29-year-old title character, who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the 20th century she embarks on an epic but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life."

Directing "Age of Adaline" is Lee Toland Krieger. The film was written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, with Allison Burnett writing revisions. Lively's last film project was 2012's "Savages."

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