, a story I've been reporting on for quite some time.
As readers of this blog know, it was back in January
(in an article last updated February 27) when I started talking about it publicly after information had leaked out, some by the actor himself. I said at the time that Lerman WAS on the shortlist of actors being considered for the role. That's a fact. The article linked above follows some of the history of the story.
So what's going on? As some of you probably know by now, a story by Drew McWeeny at Hitfix
claimed a source told him that Lerman was "almost 100% locked" for the role. After that, Mike Fleming at Deadline
contacted his sources at Sony, who slammed that report mercilessly. Apparently Fleming was told that not only is the Hitfix report untrue but even said Lerman is "100%" NOT getting the role and is not even on the list of actors being considered
. Sounds pretty definitive. There couldn't be two more opposite stories, and both are from what I, and most people in the industry, consider to be reliable sources.
What I DO know, which I reported here over three months ago, is that what Hitfix reported WAS true at one point. I can vouch for that. I said what Drew said in almost the exact same words back in January and have repeated it many times on Lerman's IMDb message board
. It's all there. Lerman WAS on the list and anyone at Sony who says he was not doesn't know what other people at Sony have said.
So the Hitfix report WAS true at one time. My source told me exactly the same thing (maybe we both have the same source). What Sony says now
, according to Fleming, implies that he was REMOVED from the list, and they seem to have shut the door on the possibility that he could ever get the role. At any rate, both Drew at Hitfix and I had the same info -- it's posted here and elsewhere. Why the discrepancy? It simply could be that our source(s) have an outdated story, since Mike Fleming at Deadline appears to have the newest info as he approached Sony today after Hitfix posted. Since then, Hitfix has come back and denied the veracity of Deadline's source and stands by its original story.
So here is what I know to be true. First, Lerman WAS being considered at some point. Sony even said publicly not long ago that Lerman was on the list. And they didn't say otherwise today ("he is
not on the list of candidates"). So Sony didn't lie. They did not say he was never
on the list. Second, the only way the Deadline story could be correct is if Lerman was removed
from consideration. In that case, they can still say he is not getting the role and can say he is not on the list
without ever admitting that they were
considering him at one point and took him out
of the running. Therefore, both the Hitfix story and the Deadline story can be correct provided that the information given to Deadline is newer than what was given to Hitfix. In that case, nobody has to lie, and Sony can give the role to someone else without it appearing that Lerman was turned down
for it. Both Sony and Lerman save face. Of course, this also means it would be very difficult for them to actually give him the role now, provided that the information they gave to Deadline is correct.
I guess it depends on what your definition of ''is'' is.
I've been on the road covering a film festival and was sitting in darkened movie theaters all day, so I haven't been able to post and respond to some of what's been said about Logan Lerman and his role (or not) in the upcoming "reboot" of