Rob Thomas has been doing a good job in reuniting the regular cast of his television series Veronica Mars for the currently in-production film. He has also been bringing back several recurring characters as well. Unfortunately, while most of the actors for those roles have been able to return to reprise their characters, one hasn’t.
The Wrap is reporting that Leighton Meester is unable to work her schedule to return to the fictional Neptune, California to appear as her Mars character of Carrie Bishop. Stepping into the part is Twin Sister lead singer Andrea Estella.
Quoted by The Wrap, Thomas stated –
Sadly, Leighton was doing a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast. In the end, she was unavailable. One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn’t make Leighton’s schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie.
Masters’s character of Carrie Bishop figured prominently in a season 1 episode as a high school student who claimed to have been having an affair with a teacher in order to protect a friend, Susan Knight (Christine Lakin) of hers who was. Interestingly, Lakin’s participation in the film was announced last month. Is it possible that part of the film’s plot stems out of this old episode or is it just Thomas bringing back a couple of fan favorite characters? We’ll find out next year when the film is released.