Page out of “Hell”


UPDATE: Alison Lohman (White Oleander, Things We Lost in the Fire, Beowulf) has signed on to star in Drag Me to Hell. See the end of this post for more.

Drag Me to Hell, the

new horror movie from Sam Raimi, has to find another actress

to drag with it, as Ellen Page

has dropped out.

The Oscar nominee’s withdrawal

is bad news for the film, which marks Raimi’s return to directing the horror genre after

seven-plus years in Spiderman country. Personally, I’d prefer

that he return to the Xena genre. Yes, Xena gets a whole genre — any


The official explanation for Page’s withdrawal is that she

had a scheduling conflict. Besides Drag, Page is cast in Drew

‘s roller derby comedy, Whip It! and Peacock,

a thriller starring Cillian Murphy. Since most studios are trying

to get films produced before a possible Screen Actors Guild strike on

June 30, Page’s schedule no doubt is packed.

But Bloody-Disgusting quotes a source that says “she

[Page] didn’t like the latest draft of the script.” That, too,

could be the case. Raimi and his brother, Ivan, wrote Drag Me to

right after Army of Darkness 15 years ago,

leading some fans to question the script’s relevance.

Whatever the reason, I’m kind

of disappointed. I’m not a big horror fan, but I do appreciate Raimi’s

cult classic, Evil Dead, and I was looking forward to seeing

what magic would come from a Raimi-Page match-up. The good news, though,

is that we don’t have to wait long to see Ellen-the-younger on the big

screen again. Smart People, with Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica

and Thomas Haden Church, opens April 11.

Here’s the Smart People trailer:



UPDATE: Page’s replacement in Drag Me to Hell is Alison Lohman, probably best known for White Oleander and Beowulf. Here are a couple of photos of Lohman:

Looks like Raimi had a certain “type” in mind, doesn’t it?

Drag Me to Hell will start production on March 31, just two weeks later than planned. The show must go on!

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