It appears that Fede Alvarez’s remake of the cult classic ‘The Evil Dead’ will have to have to look for a new female lead, as reports are coming in that Lily Collins (‘Mirror Mirror,’ ‘The Blind Side) has dropped out.
Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweeted the news, adding that Collins was forced to remove herself from the remake due to scheduling issues.
The actress was set for the role of Mia, one of five twenty-something friends holed up in a remote cabin in the middle of the woods. There, the group discovers a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demonic forces that possess each until only one is left to fight for survival.
Adding a “new spin” to the story is a drug subplot; Collins’ character is up at the cabin to help kick her drug addiction. Struggling with her new-found sobriety, Mia begins “acting insane,” believing that all of the strange and creepy goings-on are all part of the detox process.
The screenplay comes from Alvarez co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues, with rewrites provided by Diablo Cody. Talking to Collider back in November the ‘Juno’ scribe described the project “unbelievably violent.”