We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you today. First up, director Fede Alvarez continues to fill out the cast for his reboot of The Evil Dead. Suburgatory star Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) are set as the leads, and now Heat Vision reports that Melrose Place actress Jessica Lucas and relative newcomer Elizabeth Blackmore are joining the cast. Lucas is in talks to play the best friend of Levy’s character, who is going through drug withdrawal. Lucas’ character happens to be a nurse, so her expertise comes in handy (convenient!). Blackmore will play the fiancée of Fernandez’s character and a newcomer to the group of five friends who hole up in a cabin in the woods. Given that Fernandez and Levy are the leads, I’m going to bet sight-unseen that Blackmore the first to die. Lou Taylor Pucci is also set to star, with production due to get underway next month in New Zealand.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie thriller Hours.
Additionally, actress Genesis Rodriguez is in negotiations to star opposite Paul Walker in the post-Hurricane Katrina thriller Hours. he film centers on a father who fights to keep his newborn daughter alive in an abandoned New Orleans hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer (The Final Destination, The Thing) is making his directorial debut on the project, and Deadline reports that Rodriguez is poised to join the cast. The actress most recently starred in Man on a Ledge and will next be seen in the Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre opposite Will Ferrell and the star-studded pregnancy comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting.