published on March 4, 2008|
No sooner had word crept out that "Juno" star and Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page got cold feet about starring in a horror movie with the title "Drag Me to Hell," than the role has been recast. 28-year-old Alison Lohman is the new leading lady in Sam Raimi's scary movie, replacing Page as a woman who inherits a supernatural curse. The latter lady left the movie supposedly because of her busy shooting schedule and a pressing start date on Drew Barrymore's movie "Whip It!" The loss of Ellen Page has delayed the start of filming on "Drag Me to Hell" by two weeks; the first day of shooting is now scheduled for March 31. Alison Lohman was most recently seen in Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf" as Ursula. She just finished working on a sci-fi action movie called "Game" which stars Gerard Butler as a prisoner who has to fight for his freedom in a real-life reality show-meets-video game. She is also attached to star in "Under the Blue Sky" for director Mark Pellington ("The Mothman Prophecies") about an Iraq War soldier coming back to his home country. After appearing in a string of B-movies at the start of her career, Alison Lohman's big break came in Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men" when she played the daughter of Nicolas Cage's character. She was also cast as a teenager in the 2006 family adventure "Flicka" even though she was well into her twenties. "I look younger and act younger then 27, so maybe me and the character kind of met in the middle," she told the San Francisco Chronicle back when that movie was released.