Published Jul 15, 2013The folks behind Veronica Mars raised an incredible $5.7 million for a comeback movie through Kickstarter, but apparently that wasn't enough to attract actress Leighton Meester (of Gossip Girl fame) back to reprise her role as Carrie Bishop. Excitingly for indie music fans, creator Rob Thomas has cast Twin Sister frontwoman Andrea Estella in Meester's place.
This news was revealed in an email to Kickstarter backers [via the Hollywood Reporter]. Thomas explained that Meester was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict, and he needed a performer who could sing for the role. "I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie," he wrote.
He is a fan of Twin Sister, and often listened to their song "I Want a House" when penning the script. At least two Twin Sister tunes will apparently be featured in the film. "[Estella] has an amazing voice; I can't get enough of it," Thomas enthused.
Estella reportedly had never watched the show before signing on to do the movie. "I watched the Veronica Mars pilot and was totally into it!" she admitted in a statement. "It's the exact kind of show I would get obsessed with, so it's been a bit of dream to be in a movie, especially being a messed-up rock princess. How could I say no? I think the VM fans are going to be very happy!"
The Veronica Mars film is expected out next year.