by Alex Billington, published on February 29, 2008, updated on March 2, 2008|
Earlier this month we reported that Ellen Page had joined Sam Raimi's upcoming horror flick Drag Me to Hell. Although that was some of the most exciting casting news we've ever heard, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that Page has dropped out of the film. The reason they were given is that "she didn't like the latest draft of the script", but as they speculate, that just seems like the public statement given in order to cover up the real story. Either way, this is sad news for Raimi's next flick.
While it's not our nature to pick apart this story and attempt to undermine the charming Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page, our guess is that she has become a bit more picky regarding her films, maybe because of her Oscar nom. She's always said that she chooses projects less for money and more for their idea, and although it would seem Raimi has a great film in the works, it's just not for Page. No other hints at who might fill in for her yet, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.
Raimi's Drag Me to Hell is "a morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse." Raimi wrote the script for Drag Me to Hell with his brother Ivan quite a while ago under the title The Curse, and it was finished after they made Army of Darkness back in 1992. He's been sitting on this script that probably has immense inspiration from Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, since he wrote it while making those movies, and is just now starting to film.
Update: Variety has posted official confirmation of Page's drop out. The statement they released blames the upcoming SAG strike and scheduling conflicts.
"We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellens schedule," Ghost House and Mandate said in a joint statement. "But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time, and we had to push back the start of production."
If you're dying to see the young beauty back on screen after Juno, don't fear, she's got quite a few projects in the works. In addition to the upcoming Smart People, due out in theaters on April 11th, she's starring in Peacock with Cillian Murphy, Whip It! directed by Drew Barrymore, and Jack and Diane eventually.
Update #2: Variety has reported that Alison Lohman, of Big Fish, Flicka and Beowulf, has replaced Page. Shooting starts on March 31st in Los Angeles.