Cast for Evil Dead remake finalized

Posted by CB Droege

Sam Raimi has reportedly hired all the actors for the principle cast of his Evil Dead remake.

As you probably know by now, gender swapping the lead is Raimi’s primary strategy for keeping audiences from comparing actors directly to the original. Of course, that is precisely what is going to happen, despite Raimi's best efforts.

Cast for Evil Dead remake finalizedAfter the departure of Lilly Collins due to poor timing, Jane Levy was cast in the lead role for the long-waited, yet controversial reboot. 

Levy take on the role of Mia, a troubled young woman who is brought out into the woods by her friends as a way to help her break a bad drug habit.

While there, the Book of the Dead is discovered, and the teens release the spirits of several demons. Of course, a big sub-plot of the film will involve some characters who aren't sure just where Mia’s withdrawal symptoms end and where the evil begins.

The male lead has been taken by Shiloh Fernandez, who will play David, Mia’s brother. The romantic interest in the film is David’s fiance, Natalie Blackmoor, a mostly unknown who had a brief co-starring stint in the short-lived Legend of the Seeker. 

Additional poorly fated friends will be played by Jessica Lucas, who had the romantic lead in 2008’s shaky-cam monster flick Cloverfield, and Lou Taylor Pucci, who previously starred in the Indonesian horror thriller Carriers.

The rumor is that Pucci’s character, Eric, will be the one to dumbly start reading from the book of the dead, which kicks off the whole series of bad events, leading up to a single survivor. In the original film, this protagonist was played by Bruce Campell, who is on board this production as an executive producer.

Producer Sam Rami had set himself up to direct originally, but has passed the job to Fede Alvarez, though he still seems to be taking an active role in the project.

The synopsis for the remake is thus:

"Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival."

Evil Dead should kick off production soon, in the New Zealand forest pictured above, and is slated to hit theaters on April 12, 2013.