Look Who Sean Penn Picked to Replace His Ex-Wife (Hint: She’s Much Younger!)

Sean Penn Picked Sugar BabySean Penn, 53, recently cast his new younger girl­friend, Char­l­ize Theron, 38, as the female lead in his upcom­ing movie The Last Face. That’s not too shock­ing, con­sid­er­ing this celebrity cou­ple hasn’t been able to tear them­selves away from each other since going pub­lic with their May-December relationship.

But what is sur­pris­ing is that the role actu­ally belonged to Sean Penn’s ex-wife, Robin Wright, first. In fact, the whole film started as her project, and now he’s com­pletely left her out of the project in favor of his new younger woman.

When the script for The Last Face was done years ago, Robin Wright worked tire­lessly to try and get the film developed—Sean Penn had noth­ing to do with it. The plan was report­edly that Wright would star in the movie, but when financ­ing fell through, she gave up on the project and the script was even­tu­ally sold to producer/director Matt Palmieri.

Palmieri then approached Sean Penn to direct the film. Rather than go to Robin Wright with the role that was hers to begin with it, Penn cast Char­l­ize Theron. “This is obvi­ously a vin­dic­tive move against his ex-wife, for whom The Last Face was a labor of love,” one source told Page Six.

Mean­while, rumors have been swirling recently that Sean Penn and his new lead­ing lady, Char­l­ize Theron, secretly got engaged. Although friends of the celebrity cou­ple con­firmed that there hasn’t been a pro­posal, at least not yet, they did admit that they wouldn’t be too sur­prised if he popped the ques­tion very soon.

What do you think: Did Sean Penn cast Char­l­ize Theron just to spite his ex-wife, Robin Wright?

Sources:

John­son, R., “Sean Penn swaps ex-wife with Char­l­ize for new film,” Page Six web site, April 14, 2014; http://goo.gl/7HXwsL.

Jor­dan, J., “Char­l­ize Theron and Sean Penn Are Not Engaged ‘Yet,’ Says Source,” Peo­ple web site, April 14, 2014; http://goo.gl/eVktoA.

Photo Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com (Char­l­ize Theron), Fea­ture­flash / Shutterstock.com (Sean Penn), cin­e­mafes­ti­val / Shutterstock.com (Robin Wright)