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Alan Cumming pulls out of Spider-Man musical

Alan Cumming
Cumming is "disappointed" not to be working with U2's Bono and The Edge

Scottish actor Alan Cumming has pulled out of the derailed Spider-Man Broadway show, his spokesman has announced.

The star, who was set to play villain Green Goblin in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, has withdrawn from the production because of a "scheduling conflict".

Cumming recently signed up to star in award-winning TV drama The Good Wife.

In January, Spider-Man ticket holders were offered refunds after the production ran into financial difficulties and was delayed.

The show is reportedly the most expensive Broadway production of all time, with a budget of almost $50m (£30.8m).

It was co-written by its director, Julie Taymor of Lion King fame, and features a score by U2's Bono and The Edge.

On his website, Cumming said: "Obviously, having waited over a year for Spider-Man to be greenlit, I am very disappointed that I will not have the chance to collaborate with Bono and the Edge, and to work with Julie Taymor on the stage.

"I wish everyone involved the very best."

The Wrestler star Evan Rachel Wood is set to play Peter Parker's girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, while relatively-unknown singer and actor Reeve Carney has been cast in the lead role.

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