05/02/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
"Alias" star Jennifer Garner is taking another leap onto the big screen, replacing a big star (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the independent movie "Happy Endings," scheduled to be shot in Los Angeles this summer, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Garner, 31, was most recently seen in "Daredevil" with Ben Affleck, though her otherwise uneven film career includes "Dude, Where's My Car" and "Pearl Harbor."
Also set to appear in the $10 million comedy is "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow, who previously delivered a stand-out performance for "Happy Endings" director Don Roos in the 1998 cult comedy "The Opposite of Sex," starring Christina Ricci.
The Reporter cites Paltrow's loss of her father, Bruce Paltrow, last October as her reasons for withdrawing. The "Shakespeare in Love" Oscar winner, 30, is currently in production on "The World of Tomorrow."
In other movie news, Kevin Costner, 48, has again risen to the defense of his "Bull Durham" costars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, who last month were shut out of a Baseball Hall of Fame salute to the 15-year-old movie for their anti-war stance, in a decision by hall president Dale Petroskey
"He's a good man and she's a really good woman; she's a thoughtful woman," Costner tells the Associated Press. "They're just really voicing that right that we fought a long time ago for."
On Monday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York will be honoring Sarandon, 56, at its annual spring gala.