Lily Collins Cast as Drug Addict in ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am,

Like a giant, flaming meteor in the night, the Evil Dead remake is hurtling toward us – or, rather, toward production – at a fairly rapid rate. The director, Fede Alvarez, has been chosen. The screenplay, by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (with revisions by Diablo Cody), is finished. And now, the first major player has been cast.

According to Bloody Disgusting,  Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) has been tapped for the role of Mia, the drug addict and impetus for why a bunch of college kids decide to go to a creepy cabin in the woods in this 2013 remake.

Lily Collins’ star has been steadily rising since she was cast as “the daughter” in 2008’s Oscar-winning The Blind Side. Since then, she co-starred in last year’s abysmally-reviewed Priest alongside Paul Bettany (once again as “the daughter”), and she plays Snow White in the upcoming Mirror, Mirror by Tarsem Singh.

In Evil Dead, she’ll play Mia, who, as previously stated, is a drug addict and the reason all her friends decide to go to the creepiest cabin in the creepiest woods in the history of time for rest, relaxation, and detoxification.

Unfortunately, because Mia’s suffering withdrawal from a yet-unamed narcotic, her friends don’t realize that her visions of homicidal trees and “coyote dogs” (?) are, in fact, a reality. Fools!

The other characters in this remake include: David (Mia’s brother, a mechanic), Natalie (his fiancé), Olivia (Mia’s best friend and nurse), and Eric (who presumably unleashes the Evil Dead from the Necronomicon).

It’s utterly unclear at this point as to who the protagonist is supposed to be in all of this - if indeed there is one. We know that a character whose name is Ash will not be appearing in the film (though Bruce Campbell may cameo in some capacity), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be an “Ash-esque” character in his stead.

Still, I wouldn’t count on it. It seems that the film is trying to capture the horror of the original as opposed to the creativity/hilarity of the subsequent sequels, even with the typically sarcastic Diablo Cody on script-doctor duties.

While my own loathing of remakes runs deep, I’m more interested in seeing how this one turns out than I was with seeing The Thing pre-make (prequel/remake hybride). At the very least, the drug subplot could spice things up a bit.


Evil Dead is due out sometime in 2013


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The Evil Dead remake is aiming for an April 12, 2013 release. What a lovely way to belatedly celebrate Easter!

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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  1. Now mortal instruments will never get made:/

  2. I’ll take pointless remakes for 800.

  3. She is a good actress (And Priest was a good film, hope they make a sequel) but this film isnt needed. If it ends up being made she will be a good addition to the film.

    • Lmao, Priest was a terrible film. If you can call it that, it’s more of a movie – pointless entertainment.

  4. OMG I didn’t know they were remaking this! That’s utterly absolutely completely… stupid. Wouldn’t pay a dime to see this. I would much rather support new original stories with fresh new talent outside of the Hollywood system.

    • welcome to Hollywood

  5. The Ash character didn’t really come into his own until Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. The first 10 minutes of ED 2 basically sums up the first ED movie, then its ash time and it went kind of humorous after that.

    I found the first ED very scary upon first viewing, and I always wondered why the franchise moved into the Horror/comedy genre from plain horror, but whatever the reason, it worked… Ash IS Evil Dead.

  6. Shop Smart…Shop S-mart. Long Live Ash!

  7. I’ve read a slew of negative articles from Screenrant, EW, and others, justifiably shining everyone’s irritation at Hollywood’s rampant remake-fest. Seems that even though movie watchers voice their discontent and are seemingly going to the theaters less, “Hollywood” in general refuses to change course. Who knows maybe it takes time, maybe studio execs are trying to find new ideas, but it certainly isnt showing by what is slated to start production this year.

    On new year’s even I brought this Evil Dead remake up to a group of 30-40 year olds and the reaction was 100% negative.

  8. Uhmm Lilly Collins isn’t even who plays Mia, it’s Jane Levy.