Lopez Leaves 'Dallas'
Casting and directing carousel continues
According to all variety of news outlets, Jennifer Lopez is departing 20th Century Fox's "Dallas" project for the ever-popular "undisclosed reasons."
Based on the long-running CBS primetime soap opera, "Dallas" is still expected to be directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it Like Beckham"), who took over the directing reins from long-attached helmer Robert Luketic.
Lopez had been set to play frequently inebriated Sue Ellen opposite John Travolta, who is still expected to play oil baron J.R. Ewing after he finishes singing and dancing in drag for "Hairspray."
Luke Wilson is still expected to play Bobby Ewing and Katie Cassidy has also been attached to the project. Shirley MacLaine's involvement apparently still remains likely, but not inevitable.
"Dallas" ran from 1978-1991 and followed the backstabbing adventures of Texas oil magnate J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and his Lone Star family.
Meanwhile, viewers will have to wait for their next J-Lo fix. Last seen in "Monster-in-Law" and "An Unfinished Life," Lopez has several films in the can, including "Bordertown" and "El Cantante," but release dates are pending.