After Train Tragedy, More Woes for Allman Biopic

Star William Hurt exits Gregg Allman biopic

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2014 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two months after a train struck and killed a crew member working on Midnight Rider, star William Hurt has pulled out of the movie. Hurt was to play Gregg Allman in the biopic of the rocker, and his departure casts doubt on the film's future, Deadline reports. But a source notes that filmmakers "were already looking to recast some roles," including that of Allman. The investigation into the February train accident continues, and was handed over to the DA this week. Before Hurt's departure, director Randall Miller planned to restart production in a few weeks.

Actor William Hurt attends the world premiere of Winter's Tale on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
Actor William Hurt attends the world premiere of "Winter's Tale" on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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