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12 August 2007 @ 03:30 pm
Alas, too good to be true...  
Just checked back with Ausiello at TV Guide online today, and it appears that Kristen was formally approached by show producers this week for a possible recurring role on Lost next season - but that a spokesperson has said she won't be joining the cast - rumors of her not wanting to relocate to Hawaii for an extended stay being a possible reason. The article also mentions talk of her joining the Broadway production of Legally Blonde in February, thus her not wanting to get into any long-term TV commitments.  The link to the page is HERE, but I'm also going to c/p the info under a cut:

Ausiello Report:
Updated: Why Kristen Bell Won't Be Getting Lost
Kristen Bell by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
Updated Sunday 1 pm/EST: 
Did Kristen Bell say no to Lost because she's planning a trip to Broadway? That's the buzz along the Great White Way. One of my Broadway moles tells me that Bell could be replacing Laura Bell Bundy in Legally Blonde this February. K.Bell, who was forced to turn down the lead in the new musical Xanadu due to her Veronica Mars duties, recently visited the show (click here to see pics) and a casting agent for the musical recently told TheaterMania.com that they are considering "adding a TV-based name to the cast in the not too distant future." And even the assertion from Bell's rep that her client "has no plans to do Legally Blonde at this time" would seem to leave open the possibility of a February start -- and it would certainly explain why she was reluctant to make another TV commitment (i.e. Lost). Just some food for thought. My original story follows...

Total. Bummer.

The greatest casting coup of the century was apparently not meant to be: A spokesperson for Kristen Bell, responding to my report in Wednesday's AA, notified me late last night that my BFF won't be joining Lost next season. Although her rep didn't provide a reason, I did a little digging and my sources say Bell -- who was formally approached by Lost execs this week -- turned down the gig primarily because she didn't want to relocate to Hawaii.

Bottom line: It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make this one happen for you guys like I did with that other greatest casting coup of the century.

Feel free to engage in a little communal grieiving in the comments section below.

*Sigh* I'm glad my hopes weren't up too high for this Lost development, long-shot that I thought it was.  If she legitimately was approached for (or offered) a part on the show, I may question the decision to decline - exposure doesn't get much better than that, television-wise. But, she may have had enough Hawaii for a while (being away from her boyfriend, family, and dogs) after wrapping Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and staying in the lower 48 allows her to still be on the ready for even more opportunities, I suppose.  And though I don't begrudge her wanting to do theater again, since Broadway was where she got her start performing, I will mildly *groan* just a bit over the fact that someone out there thought Legally Blonde needed a Broadway adaptation...

Here's to still being on the lookout for anything else she decides to be a part of...

Kristen Bell is awesome.
~ CinJudes ~: vm - weevil - 2.12 - bitch please!_cinjudes_ on August 13th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
That totally frakkin' sucks!
Jeff: VM - no wayj_mac179 on August 13th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
It does, but then of course I could watch her read a phone book and be happy. *shrug*

She was on Craig Ferguson Thursday night (show was taped earlier in the week, I believe, prior to a formal contact from the Lost crew) and said something about loving to do it if it were offered (Ferguson's producers mentioning it to her was the first she had heard of it, apparently).

Now that we're hearing of the supposed future Broadway stuff, I think that may be more of the possible reason than the Hawaii-factor, because honestly, she wouldn't have to "relocate" for very long (prob. no longer than her film shoot was)... unless the role really expanded into a regular-recurring part. And she seemed to have a good time in Hawaii, according to the interview.

In the Hollywood spin-machine, though, no one ever really knows for sure...