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.
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.