Lily Collins No Longer Breathing Life Into 'The Evil Dead'

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UPDATE: Variety reports that Collins has had to drop out of the "Evil Dead" remake due to scheduling issues.


Sizzling starlet Lily Collins (of "The Blind Side" and "Mirror Mirror" fame) is about to add another impressive line to her resume: lead role in Fred Alvarez's reboot of the 1981 cult classic "The Evil Dead."

This version focuses on five friends — David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia and Mia (Collins) — holed up at a remote cabin where they stumble upon a Book of the Dead… which unleashes a demonic force that proceeds to possess each of them until there is one left to fight for survival. This is classic fight or fight people.

So who makes up this unlucky crew? David, a mechanic, is engaged to Natalie, while Mia is the token druggie addict heading to the cabin to detox with the help of Olivia, her best friend and nurse. Since Mia has recently overdosed and is clearly struggling with her newfound "sobriety," it comes as no surprise that nobody believes her when she starts making crazy claims of coyote dogs and trees attacking her. Eric, the last member of the tribe, is presumably the one responsible for accidentally releasing the demon. Oops.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Shooting is set to start this March in New Zealand and Alvarez is gunning for an April 2013 release. While we have to wait and see who lives and who… doesn't, one thing is certain: with Collins on board, the cast is off to a stunning start.

(Originally published on Jan. 4, 2012, at 3:24 p.m. ET)