Nick Jonas has dropped out of upcoming action-thriller The Blacksmith due to scheduling issues caused by the pandemic.
Unfortunately, The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that Jonas has exited the project after scheduling problems delayed the film's production.
Jonas was due to star as the titular 'Blacksmith' aka Wes Loomis, a go-to weapons expert for the intelligence community. After his clandestine lab is destroyed and his colleagues are killed, Loomis ends up on the run and only has his wits and his unique technical skills to help him survive.
"Nick, as you can imagine, has a lot of other commitments, with his acting and his music," explained AGC Studios' CEO Stuart Ford.
"Under normal circumstances, he could fly in and out, go to do things over the weekend and come back to set Monday. But in a COVID environment, that doesn't work. He'd have to stay in the same place for three months.
"With a star like Nick Jonas, it became borderline impossible to make the schedule work."
Ford also told the publication that AGC and Jonas "amicably" parted ways, and that the company is now looking to recast the lead role.
The Blacksmith began life as a graphic novel published by Kickstart Comics, and it has now been adapted for the big screen by Source Code scribe Ben Ripley.
Fishburne is still expected to star as Mather, described as a retired blacksmith and Loomis' mentor, who he seeks out for help on his mission to find out who betrayed him.
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