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In showbiz news: Britney Spears won't be playing Virgin Mary

Sad to report Britney Spears turned down the role of the Virgin Mary in the upcoming comedy "Sweet Baby Jesus." Here's hoping Miley Cyrus is free.

The story centers around a pregnant 19-year-old unsure of her baby daddy who goes into labor on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, Maryland. So far Lily Tomlin, Tom Green and Pierce Brosnan's son, Sean, have all signed on for the comedy.

"Britney read the script and she really liked it and really wanted to play the role of Mary," [French producer Philippe] Rebboah lamented to Fox News. "She isn't as scandalous in Europe as she is in the States, and I knew she would do a good job, but [people] were so against it and she was pressured. Then she ran into all the trouble with her family so we mutually decided the timing wasn’t right."