Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott apparently had to back out of her new web series The Republic in which she was set to star. In a release on the shows offical website, it details that due to an emergency for Melody there needed to be an “emergency” recast for Melody’s role of Martha. Film star, Sean Young was a last minute recast. Below are some excerpts from the producers on the casting development!
“Politics took a back seat as Melody Scott Thomas withdrew from THE REPUBLIC, a webisode currently filming in West Hills. Sean Young has stepped into the role of Martha Alden.
According to Melody’s agent, she regretted having to leave the project, but “an emergency” made it impossible for her to continue. Melody had looked forward to expanding into Internet broadcasting in THE REPUBLIC webisodes. Melody lights up THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. She had even cut and colored her hair brunette for the role of Martha Alden. Melody pulled out just before principle photography was to begin, but a family portrait of the Aldens had been shot. (see below)
Sean Young, star of BLADE RUNNER, NO WAY OUT, and ACE VENTURA PET DETECTIVE, has jumped into the role of Martha Alden. Sean says, “I was grabbed by the script right away, because it has so many echoes in the current news. The Republic is at its heart a family story, and the idea of sticking together through a crisis really appealed.”
Principle photography began Wednesday, with Martha facing off against her neighbor played by Mary-Margaret Humes. Marc Singer (BEASTMASTER, V) will star as Martha’s husband, Frank Alden. Marc commented, “I hate to see Melody go, because we had a connection, but Sean has grabbed the ball and run with it. She’s so enthused she’s lifted the entire cast and crew, so it should be a blast.”