James Purefoy is out and Hugo Weaving is in, according to Variety. The movie in question is "V for Vendetta," which is a big-screen adaptation of Alan Moore‘s graphic novel and stars Natalie Portman ("Closer"), John Hurt ("Alien"), and Stephen Fry ("Wilde").
No reason was given for Mr. Purefoy’s ("A Knight’s Tale") departure, but at least the Wachowski brothers (acting as writer/producers, not directors) snagged a fan-favorite for the mysterious role. Hugo Weaving is, of course, best known as Agent Smith in the "Matrix" movies and as Elrond the Very Wise Elf in "Lord of the Rings." "V for Vendetta," directed by first-timer James McTeigue, hits theaters on November 4th … they hope.