Uma Thurman Replaces Mary-Louise Parker in NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’

“Weeds” alum drops out due to bout of pneumonia

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Uma Thurman attends the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards at Sheraton Times Square on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Mary-Louise Parker has been knocked out of “The Slap.”

“Weeds” star Parker has dropped out of the upcoming NBC miniseries, and has been replaced by Uma Thurman, an individual familiar with the recast told TheWrap on Friday.

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Parker had to bow out of the miniseries, which was written by “Brothers & Sisters” alum Jon Robin  Baitz due to health issues. The actress is recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Thurman will now play the role of Anouk, a close friend of Hector’s (Peter Sarsgaard) who’s the head writer on a TV show and is now dating the younger leading man (Penn Badgley).  Anouk is described as strong, intelligent, with no children.

The miniseries, based on a novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, explores the fallout that occurs after a child is slapped at a party.

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Thandie Newton, Melissa George, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox have also been cast in the eight-episode miniseries, which is being directed by  Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”).

TVLine first reported the “Slap” recast.
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