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We’re waiting on official confirmation from the studio, but for now, Variety reporter Jeff Sneider has Tweeted that Lily Collins has to bow out of the upcoming Evil Dead remake due to scheduling conflicts.
As we reported weeks ago, the Blind Side actress was in line to play Mia, the leader of a group of friends who take a vacation to a secluded spot in the woods and accidentally unleash a centuries-old evil force. The twist of this Dead is that Collins’ character is a recently sober drug addict who believes that the weird stuff happening around her is part of the “drying out” process.
Variety doesn’t elaborate on what the conflict is that’s keeping Collins out of Evil Dead. It could have something to do with her promotional duties for the upcoming Snow White fantasy Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer. Outside of that, she was scheduled to play Clary Fray in Scott Charles Stewart’s action-adventure The Mortal Instruments. Which project stands in her way?
If Collins is out, then the casting machine will rev up once again for what is expected to be a major part in an anticipated horror reboot. Fede Alvarez directs and co-writes the new Evil Dead movie, which was touched up by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body). It’s due in theaters on April 12, 2013, with or without Collins in the lead.