After an early snag that saw Lily Collins landing the lead and then dropping out three weeks later due to scheduling issues, casting on Fede Alvarez‘s The Evil Dead is now rolling along smoothly. Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Beginners) boarded the project last month, as Jane Levy (Suburgatory) stepped up to replace Collins.

Now the newest addition to the roster is Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker), while Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place) has entered talks. The actresses will play two more pals who get wrapped up in the horrors released by the Necromonicon. More details after the jump.

Levy leads the cast as Mia, a troubled young woman struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her mother. She retreats into a remote cabin to detox from her drug addiction, along with a circle of friends that includes her BFF (Lucas), her estranged brother David (Fernandez), his fiancee (Blackmore), and the gang’s academic pal Eric (Pucci). While in isolation, however, the group discovers the Book of the Dead and unwittingly unleashes malicious supernatural forces. The remake’s script comes from Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, with a rewrite by Diablo Cody.

Lucas is no stranger to the horror genre, having starred in Cloverfield and The Covenant. Her other previous roles include small-screen turns on Melrose Place, 90210, and the short-lived Friends With Benefits.

Blackmore is more of an unknown, but this is actually her second time crossing paths with original Evil Dead director and remake producer Sam Raimi; she played a recurring character on the fantasy series Legend of the Seeker, which was created by Raimi. Blackmore has also had small roles in the Aussie soap Home and Away and Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man.

The new Evil Dead is targeting a release date of April 12, 2013.

[Source: THR]

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