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Andrew Garfield drops out of Beatty's movie comeback

Andrew Garfield has dropped out of Warren Beatty's directorial movie comeback.

The British star was reportedly signed up to play the lead opposite Rooney Mara in Beatty's upcoming Howard Hughes biopic, his first project as a director in 13 years.

But now Garfield has cancelled his part as a result of scheduling difficulties, reports New York Post gossip column Page Six.

A source tells the publication, "They're losing Andrew. He's jumping ship. Now it's back to the drawing board (for casting). Warren's movie couldn't get its start date together, and was taking a long time to get going."

Garfield is thought to have dropped out of the movie due to his commitment to Broadway stage show Death of a Salesman.