Cardi B Pulls Out of $30M Paramount Film — One Week Before Production Starts

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Cardi B has pulled out of a comedy film production with Paramount Players, reportedly worth $30 million.

Deadline reports that the production Assisted Living was slated to enter production in just a week. Now Paramount Players is pulling the plug after Cardi B exited the production. Cast and crew were told the film was temporarily scratched.

The $30 million film was to be directed by Thembi Banks and produced by Temple Hill. The comedy would see Cardi B playing a low-level criminal on the run who is wrongly accused of a crime. She has must stay free long enough to prove she’s innocent – so she holes up at her grandmother’s retirement home. Cardi B dons old-lady prosthetics a la Mrs. Doubtfire to fit in while living with her grandmother.

Cardi B says she exited the film because she is overextended right now.

Deadline reports that the exit was unexpected and legal action may be taken against Cardi B. Sources told Deadline that the hope is to put the pieces of the production back together later this year.

Cardi B recently welcomed her second child in September 2021 with her husband, Offset. She was also embroiled in a lawsuit against YouTuber Tasha K. Cardi and was awarded a $4 million verdict in a defamation case in January. That case saw the YouTuber claiming the rapper had contracted a sexually transmitted disease and cheated on her husband.

The $4 million verdict included $1.3 million to cover legal fees for the libel lawsuit. Cardi B filed the lawsuit back in 2019, alleging slander and invasion of privacy after the YouTuber posted 40 videos about the rapper, which she refused to remove. The videos attracted millions of views over the course of a few years – helping the YouTuber monetize her channel with ads and sponsored content.

Whether Cardi B will face legal action for her early exit from Assisted Living remains to be seen.