Originally Posted by DrCosmic
In the race analogy, if someone says "there's a new front runner" that means, to me, that the previous front runner is no longer a front runner. I think that's what's happening here. If they're meeting with actresses, and then decide to meet with some other actresses, then it looks like those first ones aren't getting the job... or else why meet with others?
It's not as simple as that, a lot of factors(in no order) are taken into account; availability, B.O. draw, chemistry with cast and crew, professionalism, salary, etc.
I don't always believe the "front-runner" part, but I do believe that most actresses mentioned are still in the running, but there is nothing wrong with a studio exploring their options til they find an actress they feel best suits the role.