Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead has landed its first piece of major casting with Lily Collins (The Blind Side) in final negotiations to play the role of “Mia”. Like the original, the new version centers on five friends who go to a remote cabin and unleash dark forces when they read from the Necronomicon. From there, the evil starts possessing each member of the group until only one remains and must fight for survival. Per Bloody Disgusting, Mia is headed to the cabin to detox after a recent overdose. Struggling with her new-found sobriety, “she begins acting insane, so it comes as no surprise that nobody believes her crazy claims of coyote dogs and trees attacking her!” Co-writer Diablo Cody has said the script is unbelievable violent, and BD says there’s also a drug subplot.
Collins had a rough 2011 with both Priest and Abduction receiving critical scorn and flopping at the box office. Her 2012 may not get much easier as she’s starring as Snow White in Tarsem Singh’s rushed and atrocious-looking Mirror, Mirror. The young actress is also attached to star in the indie comedy The English Teacher and the adaptation of the young adult novel The Mortal Instruments. The Evil Dead is due out April 12, 2013.