Birch is dropped from Susanna Lo's thriller biopic of Manson follower Sandra Good.
Director Susanna Lo tells us that Birch's father/manager, Jack Birch, has caused a ruckus in the production and Thora will pay the price by getting ousted from the much-coveted role of Sandra Good in the film Manson Girls (Lindsay Lohan was once slated to star in the movie, but I think we all know what happened with that). Heather Matarazzo is still on board to play Sadie Atkins.
"Thora is a great actress," says Lo, "but there have been several problems with her father/manager that make it too difficult to work things out in an ensemble cast situation where everything needs to be balanced and fair to the whole cast. You can quote me on that. On Wednesday, January 5, you will see a fresh Breakdown go out recasting the role of Sandra Good, which Thora was originally set to play."
Lo plans to have Birch's replacement by January 24th. Not only is the film supposed to start shooting in February 2011, but Lo will be giving a press conference through Associated Press at the Sundance Film Festival at the Gibson Guitar Lodge on January 24th, where she and the rest of the cast will announce Birch's replacement. The news will be streaming live on the AP Live website, the Warner Brothers Music site and the Gibson Guitar site.
This is a great argument for family not working together. He is NOT protecting her interests at all. Yes, many families can work together and share a vision but some don't know where to draw the line. And some are just total creeps.