The sudden death of Ernest Borgnine, the craggily faced and larger than life screen star known for his roles as an ugly villain but who did win an Oscar as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in 1955, has caused a casting headache for the producers of the upcoming movie based on the life of Susan Boyle.
Borgnine, who was 95, was set to star as Boyle in the film which was due to begin shooting Monday.
"It is a nightmare" said the movies director, Danny Boyle, a cousin of the Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent in 2009 , singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
"It took us months to find a suitable actor who could play Susan, Ernest had the look we needed and basically it is back to the drawing board" explained the dejected director.
The movie will focus on Boyle's success and her sudden rise to fame culminating in the final scene, when she is told a movie is to be made of her life, starring Ernest Borgnine.
After the tragic death of Borgnine other stars are now being shortlisted as possible replacements to fill the role of Boyle, with John Goodman of Rosanne fame being touted as a possibility as well as comedian Ricky Gervais and DJ Chris Moyles.