Apparently, Christina Ricci is irreplaceable.
NBC has delayed its pilot “Girlfriend in a Coma” after having trouble recasting Ricci’s lead role.
The project will now film off- cycle in June, a decision made mutually by NBC, creator Liz Brixius (“Nurse Jackie”) and producers Wolf Films and Universal Television. It comes 10 days following Ricci exiting the pilot after the table read.
Ricci was the first person cast back in early February. She was to play Karen, ), who wakes up from a coma after almost 20 years and discovers she has a 17- year- old daughter she was unaware she was pregnant with before slipping into the coma.
More actresses should be available after the networks have whittled down almost 100 pilots that are Brixius will write the script and executive produce alongside Wolf, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski.
Ricci recently guest starred on “The Good Wife” on CBS, and ABC period drama “Pan Am.” She has also made appearances on “Joey,” “Saving Grace” and “Grey’s Anatomy” (which earned her an Emmy nomination). She has appeared in films “Black Snake Moan,”“Speed Racer,” “Penelope” and “Monster.” currently in production.
Ricci is represented by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham.