Movie beauty Winona Ryder has been forced to pull out of Woody Allen's new flick - because the cost of insuring her is too high following her conviction for shoplifting earlier this year (03).

Winona's exit comes soon after wildman Robert Downey Jr was forced to depart for the same reason, because his status as a recovering drug addict means insurance companies charge a higher premium.

And, according to American website PAGE SIX, the producers of the low-budget and as-yet-untitled Allen movie have refused to stump up the cash.

While Chaplin actor Downey has been replaced by Will Ferrell, Winona's role has gone to Phone Booth actress Radha Mitchell.

09/09/2003 17:26