Just prior to the opening of Watchmen, Screen Rant reported on the next big budget Zack Snyder project – an original piece co-written by Steve Shibuya that features an all-female cast.

The movie, titled Sucker Punch focuses on the lead character, Baby Doll, who was to be played by Amanda Seyfried (pictured on the right, above). However, last week Seyfried was forced to drop out of the project due to her previous commitment to HBO’s Big Love which will be filming its fourth season during the production of Sucker Punch.

Now, it’s being reported that a replacement for the lead role has been found. According to Entertainment Weekly, Emily Browning (The Uninvited, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) will replace Seyfried as Baby Doll in this Warner Brothers production.

The plot synopsis is as follows:

Sucker Punch tells the story of a girl named Baby Doll who is confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While imprisoned, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain. In this fantasy world, where she needs to steal five objects to help her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.

A unique idea to say the least…

It’s unfortunate that Seyfried had to drop out as she’s super talented and this is a major breakout role. That being said, I liked what I’ve seen from Ms. Browning as well so I’m confident she’ll do the role justice.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Zack Snyder will present us with in his first original screenplay – I’ve liked all of Snyder’s work thus far, so by default I have pretty high expectations for this movie.

What do you think of the new lead and the film’s story?

Sucker Punch begins shooting this fall and it is scheduled to hit theaters October 10, 2010.

Source: Entertainment Weekly