Friday 6 January 2012
Lily Collins. That's right horror fans, the new Ash is going to be a girl and she's going to be played by Lily "Snow White" Collins. Really? Ash has a trademark panache and is sarcastic to the core. And Lily, well, isn't. Sure she's cute and all, and she's a good actress, but she is not a worthy ascendant to the iconic Ash.
Okay, maybe I am over-reacting. It could have been worse, they could have cast someone completely dreadful like Julianna Guill (Friday the 13 redux)or one of those awful Disney actresses who want to use horror to break out of the saccharine mold created for them by The Mouse. But still, Evil Dead with out Ash is like A Nightmare on Elm Street without Freddy Krueger or even Robert Englund. It's unimaginable. We all know how well Jackie Earle Haley worked out as Freddy.
Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are on board to produce, which gives me a modicum of relief, but it is being directed by virtual unknown Fede Alvarez with a script co-written by Alvarez, Diablo Cody and Rodo Sayaguez. We all have to start somewhere, but this is sacred film territory to me. However, if Raimi is willing to trust, perhaps I should have a little more faith. But somehow I just can't see Lily pulling this off. I'm going to hide under my blanket now with a large container of chocolate and a bottle of wine. A giant bottle.
The Evil Dead reboot is scheduled to start filming this March and is slated to hit theaters on April 12, 2013. Maybe the Mayans are right so I won't have to witness this abomination.
What do you think? Are you as shocked by this as I am? Or am I overreacting and being a big baby? Are you meh about the whole thing and think I should just get over it?