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UPDATE: A source confirms to E! News that Lopez has dropped out of 33. However, the source noted it's not because of Idol but due to 33's shooting schedule, which conflicted with another movie she has coming up.


When it comes to this particular project, Jennifer Lopez is out of sight, all right.

The actress-singer has reportedly pulled out The 33, a big-screen retelling of the Chilean Miner drama, due to a scheduling conflict with her upcoming encore stint as a judge on American Idol.

According to Deadline, her withdrawal means producers will have to search for a new leading lady to star opposite Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro.

The film follows the incredible rescue of 33 Chilean miners who became trapped half a mile beneath the surface after a cave-in at their copper-gold mine deep in the Atacama Desert in August 2010. Banderas will play Mario Sepulveda, one of the first miners to make it out, whose charm earned him the nickname "Super Mario."

He and his fellow miners spent 69 days underground until Chile's government and international drilling experts managed to drill a hole to retrieve them and all survived.

It was initially thought The 33, directed by Patricia Riggen, was one of several commitments that was keeping Lopez from returning to Idol next season. But given today's report, it looks like shooting on the flick—set to begin Nov. 25 in South America—will have to proceed without her.

A rep for Lopez declined to comment.

Meanwhile when she's not advising aspiring popsters or helping plan Quince parties for her teenage fans as part of a contest for Verizon, Lopez is producing ABC Family's hit series, The Fosters. She's also set to receive the 2013 Ally for Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign for her support for the LGBT community at a gala dinner in Washington D.C. on Oct. 5.

—Additional Reporting by Marc Malkin

(Originally published on Sept. 25, 2013 @ 5:55 a.m. PT)

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