Lily Collins Departs 'Evil Dead'; Javier Bardem Leaves 'Despicable Me 2'

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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