Sad news for all "" fans, will not reprise her role as Carrie Bishop in the movie. On Sunday, series creator Rob Thomas revealed that he could not bring back Meester, whose character first appeared in the "Mars vs. Mars" episode of the UPN/CW series when she accused Neptune High teacher Mr. Rooks of having an affair with her, to the Kickstarter-funded project due to scheduling conflicts.
"Sadly, Leighton was doing a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast. In the end, she was unavailable," Thomas said to backers via e-mail. "One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn't make Leighton's schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie."