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Duff: 'I'm still Bonnie, the director told me'

Hilary Duff has fired back at reports she's no longer part of Tonya Holly's upcoming Bonnie & Clyde film saga, insisting the director has assured her she's still the leading lady.

Internet reports from the beginning of May (11) suggested the actress/singer had been dropped from The Story of Bonnie & Clyde - but Hilary Duff reveals she hasn't made a statement yet, because, as far as she's concerned, she's still a part of the film.

Hilary Duff heard the news about her apparent firing from a friend minutes after it broke online.

She says, "I was just driving in my car, minding my own business and I got a call that's like, 'Oh my God, it's all over the Internet that you got fired.' I was like, 'What?'"

Hilary Duff tells news show Access Hollywood Live she approached director Tonya Holly through her agent for clarification: "I said, 'Well, I wanna, like, release a statement, but if I got fired I just want you to let me know so I don't release something, saying, 'I didn't know that I was fired'.

"She emailed me and said, 'You know you're my Bonnie and of course I don't even know where this all came from and I'm so sorry...'

"So, if the movie ever gets made, I think I'm Bonnie... It's been a long time coming. With these independent movies, sometimes they never get made or sometimes they take 10 years to get made."

However, Hilary Duff's name has been removed from the cast list of the film on imdb.com.

The singer/actress is set to play Bonnie Parker in the movie, opposite Kevin Zegers.