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Hurt drops out of Midnight Rider

William Hurt has dropped out of the film Midnight Rider following the on-set death of a camera assistant, according to reports.

The actor was set to sta r as rock musician Gregg Allman in the biopic.

Filmmakers shelved production on the movie after a freight train crashed into the production team and its equipment, killing camera assistant Sarah Jones and injuring seven others in Georgia.

Filming of Midnight Rider, starring William as the Allman Brothers Band singer, was just getting started when crew members were struck in February.

Director Randall Miller had been wanting to restart the production in Los Angeles.

It was reported that the crew were filming a dream sequence on a railroad when the train appeared.

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