Ashton Kutcher emerges as new favourite to replace Charlie Sheen on Two And A Half Men
Ashton Kutcher “will replace Charlie Sheen on Two And A Half Men”
3:18 PM on 13th May 2011
Ashton Kutcher is said to have signed a deal to replace Charlie Sheen On Two And A Half Men.
The 33-year-old signed a deal with producers Warner Bros last night, according to Deadline.com.
Hinting at his new role, Kutcher wrote on Twitter: “What”s the square root of 6.25″… the answer being 2-1/2.
Replacement: Ashton Kutcher, left, has emerged as the front runner to replace Charlie Sheen on Two And A Half Men
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Deadline.com said sources close to Warner confirmed Kutcher signed on the dotted line to replace Sheen following months of uncertainty over the future of the comedy series.
Both The Hollywood Reporter and Broadcasting & Cable have cited their own sources confirming Kutcher has emerged as a candidate for the CBS series.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the reports, as did CBS. Kutcher”s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile discussions with Hugh Grant”s representatives are said to have faltered, ending his chances of being on the top-rated show.
The British actor was apparently in negotiations to take on the role of Sheen”s character Charlie Harper.
Staying or going: It is unknown if Sheen”s “Men” co-star Jon Cryer will return to the show
Sheen, 45, was one of TV”s highest-paid actors, earning a reported $1.8 million an episode.
Grant, 50, was said to have been offered more than $1million per episode, but an insider has since rubbished these reports, claiming the figure was too high.
The actor, who became a star in romantic comedies including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, hasn”t appeared in a box-office hit for several years.
Warner, CBS and executive producer Chuck Lorre are attempting to find a new star and revamped format that would keep TV”s top-rated and highly lucrative sitcom afloat without Sheen.
With CBS set to unveil its fall schedule for advertisers in New York next Wednesday, the pressure is on to decide the show”s future.
Speculation has swirled about who might join Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones in the cast. Some actors seen as potential candidates, including John Stamos and Rob Lowe, have indicated their interests are elsewhere.
It”s been more than two months since Warner fired Sheen in the show”s eighth season, a move that followed the hard-living actor”s bouts of wild partying, repeated hospitalisations and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses who shut down production.