published on March 3, 2008|
Little miss Juno won't be going to Hell after all. That is because Hollywood's new it-girl, 21-year-old Canadian actress Ellen Page, has decided to drop out of starring in Sam Raimi's new horror film "Drag Me to Hell." Before she found out about her Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a pregnant teenage mom in the hit Fox Searchlight movie Page had attached herself to play a woman who discovers that she has inherited a supernatural curse. After attaining superstar status by directing the three "Spider-Man" movies, "Drag Me to Hell" is Raimi's big return to his early roots as a horror director. In the early 1980s Raimi carved out his name by creating shocking scary movies infused with wry comedic moments such as the three "Evil Dead" movies and the first "Darkman" picture. While he is still considering whether to get behind the camera for a fourth Spidey film, Raimi now wants to make a lower budgeted scary movie and had hoped that Ellen Page would have been his star. "We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen's schedule," said the film's producers, Raimi's Ghost House Pictures and financier Mandate Pictures, in a 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." That meant that Ellen Page couldn't make the shooting deadline for the movie and had to ditch the role (or so the official story goes.) There is one alternate story attributed to the website Bloodydisgusting, that says Ellen Page got cold feet about the most recent screenplay , or maybe she felt that her follow-up role to "Juno" should be in something other than a gore-laden horror flick. Now Sam Raimi has to look for a new actress to go to "Hell" with him. Meanwhile Ellen Page has two other jobs lined up including playing a roller derby player in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut "Whip It!"