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Anna has had to drop her role in ‘Wish I was Here’ due to scheduling conflicts with the film she just signed for, ‘Life After Beth’. Ashley Greene, Anna’s co-star in Twilight, takes over as Janine, “a young woman into Cosplay who Braff’s brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with”.

‘Twilight’ Star Ashley Greene Replaces Anna Kendrick in Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Movie

“Twilight” star Ashley Greene has come on to replace Anna Kendrick in Zach Braff’s Kickstarter movie “Wish I Was Here,” the director announced to the project’s backers on Tuesday night.

Also joining the cast are “Scrubs” alums Bob Clendenin, Matt Winston and Alexander Chaplin.

Braff’s announcement chalked the casting switch up to a scheduling conflict.

“Well, since you’re having your first shot as being movie producer, it’s time you experience something that happens a lot: Scheduling conflicts. We’ve tried our hardest, but we’ve been unable to figure out the lovely Anna Kendrick’s scheduling conflicts with another movie she’s doing. This happens all the time in movie-land. Putting the shooting schedule together is like planning 25 weddings: each day has so many moving pieces and locations. I love Anna so much and can’t wait to work with her one day.”

As for Greene, Braff described the actress as beautiful, talented and funny. She’ll put that package to use as Janine, a young woman into Cosplay who Braff’s brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with.

“You may know Ashley from Twilight. I’ve known Ashley for a couple years now and I’m so excited she’s accepted my invitation to join our Kickstarter Klub. Not only is Ashley gorgeous and charming, but she is hilarious, a very good actress and normal and cool and we are so lucky to have her,” wrote Braff.

“Wish I Was Here” stars Braff as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband who is still trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35.

Kate Hudson co-stars alongside Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison and Gad, among others.

Braff (“Garden State”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are producing and production starts in August.

Greene, who played Alice Cullen in “The Twilight Saga,” next stars in Dimension’s horror movie “Random” and Randall Miller’s indie “CBGB.” She’s repped by CAA, McKeon-Myones Management and attorney Bianca Levin. {thewrap.com}

Really bummed about this — this role seemed perfect for Anna, and as much as Ashley was great in Twilight and as friendly as the two are, I don’t know that she can pull off the comedic role — not nearly like Anna could anyways. But then again I guess Anna can’t do everything with her super busy schedule :-/.

Wow. This girl is going to be buu-sy! She just joined Wish I Was Here, a comedy by Zach Braff. Anna plays Janine, a young woman into Cosplay who is the love interest. Sounds perfect for Anna!

Anna Kendrick Joins Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Kickstarter Movie

The “Pitch Perfect” star joins recently cast Mandy Pantinkin and Josh Gad in the film.

Anna Kendrick is set to join the cast of Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” which has been made possible by Kickstarter.

Kendrick will play Janine, a young woman into Cosplay who Braff’s brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with.

Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are among the producers. Worldview Entertainment recently came on to provide gap financing and executive produce.

Kendrick recently starred in the hit comedy “Pitch Perfect” and will soon be seen in “Rapturepalooza.”

Kate Hudson, Zach Braff Now Starring Together In Kickstarter Movie ‘Wish I Was Here’

Kate Hudson and Zach Braff are now starring together in Braff’s Kickstarter movie, “Wish I Was Here,” joining Many Patinkin, Anna Kendrick and Jim Parsons on the crowdsourced project funded by Kickstarter contributions from public donors.

Kate Hudson is set to star opposite director, Zach Braff, in his new indie movie, Wish I was Here, funded entirely from Kickstarter donations, reports Deadline.

The Kate Hudson-Zach Braff combo will be as wife and husband, reportedly, with Hudson set to star as Braff’s character’s wife and mother to his two children. Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad will play his father and brother, respectively.

Anna Kendrick, of Twilight fame, and Pitch Perfect, is also featured in the indie flick, as well as Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory.

Zach Braff’s co-star on the television show “Scrubs,” Donald Faison, will also appear in the indie film. The two stars of “Scrubs” are best friends forever in real life and play as such on the sitcom.

The Kate Hudson-Zach Braff film, Wish I Was Here had set a goal of $2 million for fiinancing the project, which is set to expire in three days. So far, they’ve raised over that goal, collecting $2,707,334 with time to spare.

Zach explained why he decided to finance his new indie production, and follow-up to his indie hit with Natalie Portman, 2004’s Garden State, with public donations, saying on the film’s Kickstarter page:

“I was about to sign a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make “Wish I Was Here,” my follow up to “Garden State.” It would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film. I’ve been a backer for several projects on Kickstarter and thought the concept was fascinating and revolutionary for artists and innovators of all kinds. But I didn’t imagine it could work on larger-scale projects. I was wrong.”

After Braff saw the incredible way Kristin Bell and series creator, Josh Schwartz, used Kickstarter get Veronica Mars film made, Braff decided Kickstarter was the easiest way to finance his newest independent film with final cut his own.

Braff’s film, Wish I Was Here is, according to Braff himself “the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.”

After the money runs out for his kids’ private school, Aidan decides to homeschool them where the hijinks begin as he takes a less-than-traditional approach to their education.

You can still donate to the Kate Hudson Zach Braff film for the next three days, and then the next time you see it will probably be at a small independent theater near you.

Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Campaign Passes $3 Million as Kate Hudson, Anna Kendrick Join His Film

Zach Braff has reason to be excited.

The Kickstarter campaign that the actor set up to raise funds for his latest film project, Wish I Was Here, passed the $3 million mark today, the final push perhaps spurred on by the likes of Kate Hudson, Anna Kendrick and Jim Parsons joining the cast.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I won’t let you down! Lets do this,” Braff tweeted after getting the good news.

The campaign is now closed to further donations and…it’s moviemaking time!

Braff tweeted nonstop yesterday about approaching the milestone, his missives ranging from”UK, when you look at the page 3 girl’s boobs today, think of me. K?” to “Whomever pledges the last $ will get sex from Kate Upton. (Note: this is a lie.)”

The former Scrubs star took a lot of flak at first for taking to Kickstarter in the wake of the overnight success of the Veronica Mars movie campaign, but obviously enough people were taken with his idea to overcome the critics.

In addition to the kindness of strangers, Braff will also be putting his own money into the project and the success of his Kickstarter venture prompted Worldview Entertainment to offer up gap financing.

Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad have also been cast in Wish I Was Here, in which Braff will play a young man forced to reconsider his life and family after he learns his father is dying.

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