It was just a few months ago when the cast began to assemble for John Carney‘s (Once) drama, Can a Song Save Your Life?, with Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) both inking deals to star alongside Scarlett Johansson. And although we’re now hearing that the lattermost lead is departing — on account of “personal reasons” — a report from ScreenDaily promises a replacement that’s just as good, if not even better.

As they inform us, Carney (and producer Judd Apatow) have now snagged Keira Knightley, who will take over the role of a young woman who, after breaking up with her boyfriend, meets a struggling music producer (Ruffalo) that she soon forms a personal and professional relationship with. (Steinfeld will play the producer’s daughter.) Now that everything is back in order, shooting should begin relatively soon.

How you react to this switch entirely depends on how you feel about either, respective actress — but that’s kind of obvious, anyway. While I don’t necessarily mind Johansson‘s work, in general, Knightley has always felt like a more dynamic, interesting, and wide-reaching actress. (Yes, I liked her in A Dangerous Method.) That doesn’t necessarily mean Song will be a better film — I imagine it’ll be strong stuff, as is — yet there’s a little more promise at the center of things.

Does this move affect your anticipation for Song?

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