Lily Collins Departs ‘Evil Dead’; Javier Bardem Leaves ‘Despicable Me 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:51 am,

Today (for a change) we have a casting update concerning two different people who will NOT be involved with a pair of upcoming films, which occupy completely different ends of the entertainment spectrum: the “unbelievably violent” Evil Dead remake and the kid-friendly 3D toon, Despicable Me 2.

Previously, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) was onboard to lend his vocals to the baddie in the Despicable Me sequel, but he has parted ways with the Illumination Entertainment production. Similarly, Lily Collins (this spring’s Mirror Mirror) won’t be portraying a young drug-addicted woman who ends up having to face off against some literal personal demons in the Evil Dead revamping.

Heat Vision is reporting that the villain part in Despicable Me 2 is now up for grabs, as the film still remains scheduled for a Summer 2013 release date. In all honesty, that CGI cartoon couldn’t have taken full advantage of Bardem’s ability to be menacing onscreen anyway, so this doesn’t exactly read as a huge loss. Besides, the actor is currently busy portraying a character that most people are far most excited to see - the new antagonist for Daniel Craig as James Bond in the upcoming Skyfall.

Collins, meanwhile, is said to have passed on Evil Dead over a scheduling conflict; presumably, the former clashed with the production template for the Mortal Instruments adaptation, which Collins is up to headline. Again, this isn’t really a make-or-break turn for the Sam Raimi-produced remake of his 1981 cult classic. By this point, most people are simply waiting to see whether or not a serious and grounded take on the supernatural horror flick can actually work – and are less concerned with who actually appears in the film (besides Bruce Campbell, of course).

The Evil Dead remains set to hit U.S. theaters on April 12th, 2013.

Despicable Me 2 is scheduled to reach theaters in the U.S. on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. I say forget an evil dead remake, reboot or re-anything! Let our classics be our classics!

    • I was never a fan of the series. The only one I enjoyed was Army of Darkness.

    • but that´s egoistic,every second decade the present generation wants to see a reboot,and for me,i´m always open for good reboots not the bad ones. here are my fav.reboots from which i like the originals too,of course. 1.scarface 3.batman begins 4.the girl with the drag.tatt. royale 6.amytiville horror… now the ones that i´ve hated for their reboot. 1.the fog 2.rollerball

      • Evil Dead 2 was pretty much the same as Evil Dead 1. It’s, it’s own reeboot.

  2. Yeeeeaaaaah to both of those pieces of casting news.

  3. Problem with remakes is that they are rarely better than the original and typically done by rookie directors because its easier to imitate than come up with something original.