Bad news for those of you hoping to see a Phil Collins cameo as a big, bald Deadite in the upcoming
reboot, as his daughter Lily has dropped out of the film’s leading role.
Collins had signed on to play recovering drug-addict Mia, whose attempts to wean herself off the narcotics are set to be complicated by the soul-sucking nasties released by the Necronomicon.
However, scheduling clashes with other projects have meant Collins has been forced to step down from the role. Variety ’s Jeff Sneider broke the news with the following Tweet: “Again, in case you missed it, LILY COLLINS is OUT of THE EVIL DEAD reboot due to a scheduling issue. Agents, start your engines…”
The new film, directed by Fede Alvarez from a script worked on (in part) by Diablo Cody will maintain the basic set-up of the original (kids go to a creepy woodland cabin) whilst also taking it in some new directions.
The official synopsis explains the differences as follows: “Mia and David, estranged siblings who have recently lost their mother (Mia’s taking it the hardest being that she’s the one who spent most days at the hospital watching her mother deteriorate) have reunited, along with some old friends and his David’s fiancee, for an intervention at THAT old cabin. It’s here that the near rehabilitated Mia will also toss the last of her drugs down the well and finally go cold turkey.”
The Evil Dead is set for a US release date of 13 April 2013, so plenty of time for a replacement to be found for Collins. As long as there’s room for a Bruce Campbell cameo, we’ll be happy…