*Halle Berry was originally cast to star in romantic comedy, “New Year’s Eve” but has been replaced by actress Katherine Heigl. But according to recent reports, she actually pulled out of the flick for personal reasons.

She stated the following:

“Halle Berry was forced to pull out of a film production in New York this week due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter. She has attempted to resolve these custody issues amicably with her daughter’s father, Gabriel Aubry, directly, but given his lack of cooperation, Halle has no choice but to seek swift judicial intervention. Halle has serious concerns for her daughter’s well-being while in the care of her father for any extended period of time and is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect her. Halle has always made the needs and safety of her daughter her first priority and, both while Halle and Gabriel were a couple and since their break-up, Halle has only acted in her daughter’s best interest.”

“New Year’s Eve” is a production about couples and singles whose lives somehow intertwine on one New Year’s Eve in New York.

The movie is slated for release on Dec. 9.