Ellen Page Is Straight Out of 'Hell'


Sam Raimi is looking for a new leading lady for his return to horror after Ellen Page exited "Drag Me to Hell."

Production on "Drag Me to Hell" had been originally scheduled to start on March 17, but preproduction was stretching on longer than expected, forcing scheduling conflicts with two other star vehicles for Page.

The "Juno" star will now appear in the thriller "Peacock," opposite Cillian Murphy, before moving on to Drew Barrymore's "Whip It," a roller derby dramedy that will mark the "Charlie's Angels" star's directing debut.

Meanwhile, with Page out of the project, "Drag Me to Hell" is in limbo, scrambling to find a star with a space on their dance card before a possible summer SAG strike.

"We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen's schedule," say production companies Ghost House and Mandate Pictures in a joint statement. "But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time and we had to push back the start of production."

Although little-to-nothing is known about its plot, "Drag Me to Hell" was written by Sam Raimi with brother Ivan. Universal was set to handle the film's domestic distribution.

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