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CANNES ROLE CANNED

Oscar-winner Jodie Foster has backed out of an agreement to head the jury at the 54th Cannes Film Festival in May because she was offered a leading movie role, festival officials said Sunday.

Foster was asked to replace Nicole Kidman in David Fincher's "The Panic Room," after Kidman dropped out with a knee injury, said Gilles Jacob, the event's president.

Foster said work on the movie would conflict with the May 9-20 festival, Jacob said in a statement.

Foster said she hoped she would be asked to preside over the jury again. "I've dreamed since my childhood of having the honor of being president of the Cannes jury," Foster was quoted as saying last month.

She has received two Oscars, for "The Accused" (1988) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).

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