Breaking: Mischa Barton passes 'Melrose' by, opts for model 'Life'

Mischabarton_cannes08_240 Though former "O.C." resident Mischa Barton will not join the cast of The CW's "Melrose Place" remake, she will be working for the network.

Seems The CW ultimately decided she was better suited for the Ashton Kutcher-produced, one-hour pilot "A Beautiful Life," which follows a group of young models living and partying together in New York City.

I'm told her character, Sonja, will be one of the veteran catwalkers who is desperately trying to stay on top of her game. Ah, yes, Mischa Barton, all washed up at 23.

While "A Beautiful Life" will be set in the world of high fashion, Barton has used her celebrity to dabble at modeling herself, notably for Dooney & Burke during her "OC" days.

So, thoughts? Good move on The CW's part? Would your rather see her in this role than on "Melrose"?

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