suckerpunch falling apart

Zack Snyder has lost two more Sucker Punch cast members: Evan Rachel Wood and Emma Stone have both dropped out due to “scheduling conflicts”. This comes one month after it was announced that the film’s lead Amanda Seyfried was forced to leave the project, also due to “scheduling conflicts”. Am I the only person that finds it strange that half of the announced cast have been forced to drop out due the scheduling issues? The cast was announced before Watchmen‘s underperformed at the box office.  And while I have absolutely no proof what-so-ever that the events are connected, my gut is telling me that they are.

Seyfried, star of Big Love, Mamma Mia, and Mean Girls was replaced with Emily Browning, whose credits top out with a bunch of crappy horror flicks (The Uninvited, Standed, Darkness Falls, Ghost Ship). And tonight Stone and Wood’s replacements were announced: Jamie Chung (Dragonball Evolution) and Jenna Malone (Into The Wild, Donnie Darko). Malone is a great catch. She’s definitely a talented and underused actress but it’s hard not to see a pattern: Warner Bros is trading down, casting considerably lesser known actresses which most likely will save them considerable cash on the budget side. Could it be that Warner Bros is concerned about the profitability of Snyder’s R-Rated $100 million fantasy film?

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EW’s Hollywood Insider tells us that Emily Browning will be taking the lead role of Baby Doll in Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch from Amanda Seyfried. This news immediately struck me as I had idly considered Browning a good option for the lead in Tim Burton’s currently-in-post Alice in Wonderland sequel/subversion and Snyder has made the Alice connections in Sucker Punch clear.

You will most likely recall Browning from her star turn in the Lemony Snicket picture and, more recently, The Uninvited. I’m curious as to why she hasn’t been getting more roles – her studies, perhaps? – but if she’s somehow wanting for opportunities, a collaboration with Snyder is likely to get her meetings at the very least. I’m definitely interested in seeing what sort of fist she can make out of this one. A good sock to the chops, please, Ms. Browning.

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The Uninvited Movie Trailer

Dreamworks has released the trailer for The Uninvited, and American remake of Kim Jee-Woon’s 2003 Korean horror film Changhwa Hongryon. The American version tells the story of “modern-day teenage sisters Anna and Alex Rydell who return home from a mental hospital only to find their recovery unraveling because of a cruel stepmother, clueless or seemingly ignorant father and a lingering, scary ghost. With their mental states deteriorating can they stay alive in a haunted house where the only thing they have is each other?” The film stars Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, Emily Browning, and David Strathaim.

I have yet to see Jee-Woon’s original film, but it was fairly well reviewed. Sadly, the film shown in this trailer looks nothing beyond a typical Hollywood horror remake. From what I’ve read on message boards, this looks and feels nothing like the original. I will admit that I’m slightly interested due of the involvement of Banks. As always, tell me what you think in the comments below!

The Uninvited hits theaters on January 30th 2009.

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