Washington, Nov 8 : Pop princess Britney Spears has given up the role of Virgin Mary in the new movie 'Sweet Baby Jesus', and she may now be writing and performing the closing number for the film.
The decision to cast the then chaotic Spears as the Virgin Mary had been made by French film Producer Philippe Rebboah late last year, but it was later changed when the Toxic singer ran into trouble.
"Britney read the script and she really liked it and really wanted to play the role of Mary," Fox News quoted Rebboah as saying.
"She isn't as scandalous in Europe as she is in the States, and I knew she would do a good job, but (people) were so against it and she was pressured. Then she ran into all the trouble with her family so we mutually decided the timing wasn't right," he added.
The production is set to start rolling in Bethlehem, Md., in January, and the decision-makers have now decided to go with a 'real' actress as opposed to a pop personality.
But Spears might still get a chance to remain associated with the movie by doing what she does best.
"Britney was so touched by the script, so we are in talks about having her write and perform the closing number," Rebboah said.
"Music of the '70s is a real focus in the film. We don't want her to do anything religious, but something that captures the beauty of the story," he added.