The producers of “Two and a Half Men” will waste no time replacing the character of Jake Harper, played by Angus T. Jones, who saw his departure as a regular cast member after the show’s most recent season.
According to a Deadline Hollywood report, the makers of CBS’s hit sitcom are planning on filling the empty slot with not another man, but rather a woman.
The new character would be an attractive young woman who claims to be the daughter of Charlie Harper, who was played by Charlie Sheen until he was killed off the show in the season nine premiere, which also introduced new cast member Ashton Kutcher as Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt.
It is assumed that the female character would move into Jake Harper’s old room in Walden Schmidt's Malibu home.
While Jones, who played the son of Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), was ousted from the show without reason, many would speculate that it might have something to do with a video that went viral last year and showed the 19-year-old describing "Two and a Half Men" as "filth" and suggesting that people should stop watching it.
Meanwhile, the Deadline Hollywood report suggests that the role will be filled by a high-profile young actress in her late teens or early 20s. So here are five possibilities for who will be the “Two and a Half Men” lady.
Woodley, 21, made her screen debut in 1999s “Replacing Dad.” More parts followed in "The District" (2000), "The O.C." (2003) and "Crossing Jordan" (2001), among others. In 2008, Woodley was cast in the lead role of Amy Juergens in "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (2008) and in 2011 she had her big screen breakthrough when she appeared in Alexander Payne's “The Descendants” (2011), opposite George Clooney. Her performance in the role won her an Independent Spirit Award and the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Probably the most likely to get the role, Chloe Moretz, 16, made her big screen debut as Molly in “Heart of the Beholder” (2005), a story about a family who opened the first video cassette store in 1980. Since then, she has appeared in films such as “The Amityville Horror” (2005), “(500) Days of Summer” (2009), “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (2010), “Kick-Ass” (2010), “Let Me In” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), and “Dark Shadows” (2012). She'll appear in the upcoming 2013 remake of the 1976 film “Carrie” in the title role.
Not that she needs the accolades, but Abigail Breslin, who's one of the youngest actresses ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, would do great in this role. A native New Yorker, Breslin, 17, has been in front of the camera since the age of three, making commercials until eventually cast by director M. Night Shyamalan to play Mel Gibson's daughter in “Signs” (2002). Her subsequent films include “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), “No Reservations” (2007), “Nim's Island” (2008), among others.
Ashley Tisdale, 27, is most definitely on the short list of actresses being considered for this role and it’s for two reasons -- She’s hot and she’s got nothing else going on, besides occasionally filming sure-to-flop films. Tisdale rose to prominence portraying Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel's “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and the female antagonist Sharpay Evans in the “High School Musical” film series. While the ladder roles provided the attractive actress and her peers with a launch pad for bigger and better things, Tisdale has yet to do anything noteworthy and so the CBS role would really help her career.
Along with Tisdale, Hudgens, 24, got her start in several Disney television programs including “Quintuplets,” “Still Standing,” “The Brothers García,” “Drake & Josh,” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” Since the release of her albums and the “High School Musical” franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. In 2009, she earned critical acclaim for her role in the film “Bandslam.” She has also appeared in the film “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson. She later appeared in the film “Spring Breakers” (2013), alongside Selena Gomez.
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