June 2012 - With Arianna Phillips' acting career on the backburner, Reeves takes the reluctant decision to recast Lex Muprhy.
Amanda Seyfried and Ashley Tisdale are the names bandied about, but it turns out that the pundits have failed to consider how old the character should be.
Canadian actress/director Sarah Polley, of Dawn of the Dead and Splice fame, gets the part. Only eight months older than Richards, her preference for more leftfield roles gains favours with online fans.
Attention soon turns to whether there will be a role for Lex's brother Tim. In this case, there's no question of recasting, since Joseph Mazzello is back in contention after major roles in the Spielberg-produced The Pacific and The Social Network.