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Lily Collins in Talks to Star in 'Evil Dead' Remake

Fede Alvarez is directing the movie, which is being produced by Sam Raimi, who directed the original three movies, Bruce Campbell, who starred in the originals, and Rob Tapert.

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Lily Collins may go from fighting evil queens to evil demons.

The up-and-coming actress, who scored her first major lead role playing Snow White in Relativity's upcoming fairy tale fantasy Mirror, Mirror, is in early talks to topline the remake of 1981's Evil Dead.

Fede Alvarez, the South American director behind the hot short Panic Attack, is helming the movie, which is being produced by Sam Raimi, who directed the original three movies, Bruce Campbell, who starred in the originals, and Rob Tapert. Sony Pictures is distributing, aiming for an April 2013 release.

Collins' name has been mentioned in connection with the project since early December but an offer went out Wednesday and the two sides are just beginning to negotiate a deal.

The Evil Dead remake aims to take the property back to its serious and bloody horror roots, bypassing the comedic elements that became more prevalent as the sequels went along.

The story is a "cabin in the woods" horror movie in which five twenty-something friends holed up in a remote cabin discover a book of the dead. They find an archaeologist's taped translation of the text and its incantations, replay them, and unwittingly summon dormant demons that possess them.

If Collins does come aboard, she will follow the fine tradition of rising actresses seeking a career boost from horror movies. Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Neve Campbell (Scream) are example of actresses whose feature careers flourished after the blood-letting.

Collins, the daughter of rocker Phil Collins, made her first movie appearance in The Blind Side. She had a bit part in last year¹s vampire movie Priest and appeared opposite Taylor Lautner in Abduction but she gained Hollywood's attention when she was cast as Snow White opposite Julia Roberts' evil queen in Mirror, Mirror.

Ghost House partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are executive producing Dead.

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