Forget the fava beans, folks. Hannibal
producer Dino De Laurentiis
is taking a bite out of Jodie Foster
, who passed on reprising her Oscar-winning role as FBI agent Clarice Starling for the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs
, opening Friday. (Julianne Moore
has taken over the part.) "I have to be honest here," he says, revving up. "When I read the book, even before I started to think about who would be the director, I said, 'Jodie Foster, she's wrong for Starling here.' Because [the character is] more mature a woman, 10 years later. She's supposed to be near 40 years old, different job, full of sex appeal. I don't think Jodie Foster she's a good actress has all these qualities to play Starling."