Casting Call: Ellen Page Backs Out Of 'Hell'
First Published: March 3, 2008 6:19 PM EST Credit: AP
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Ellen Page won’t be headed to “Hell” after all. Eric Dane scrubs in with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Plus, Ashton Kutcher gets a new leading lady love. It’s all in the latest edition of the Access Hollywood Casting Call!
Ellen Page will no longer star in the supernatural thriller “Drag Me To Hell” due to scheduling conflicts, according to Variety.
The film, directed by Sam Raimi, was slated to begin shooting on March 17. Production has now been postponed until March 31.
“Drag Me To Hell” was described as a mortality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse.
Page, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a pregnant teen in “Juno,” will next be seen in “Smart People,” opposite Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Also lined up for the young actress are “Peacock,” a thriller with Cillian Murphy rumored to star; and “Whip It,” a dramedy which marks Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut.
No word yet who will fill Page’s role in “Hell.”
Eric Dane will shed his doctor scrubs and head to the big screen to star opposite Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin in the comedy “Marley & Me,” reports Variety.
Wilson and Aniston play a couple who moves to Miami so Wilson can pursue a job as a newspaper reporter, while Dane will play his best friend, who suggests the couple adopt a puppy to make up for his wife wanting to have kids.
However, Marley the dog quickly transforms from lovable pup to more than a handful.Filming is scheduled to shoot this month in Miami.
The most recent film credits for Dane, who plays Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan on “Grey’s Anatomy,” include “Open Water 2: Adrift” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
Anne Heche is in talks to star alongside Ashton Kutcher in the indie romantic comedy “Spread,” per The Hollywood Reporter.
Heche will replace Jennifer Jason Leigh, who dropped out of the project last month due to undisclosed reasons. However, reports suggest she may have left due to pregnancy, although that has not been confirmed.
In the film, Kutcher will play a womanizer, while Heche steps in as his scorned lover.
Heche, the star of ABC’s “Men In Trees,” last appeared on the big screen in “What Love Is,” which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sean Astin.
Her notable film credits include “John Q,” “Psycho” and “Six Days Seven Nights.”
Kutcher will next be seen opposite Cameron Diaz in the comedy “What Happens In Vegas.”
Dermot Mulroney has signed on to star in “Run For Her Life,” per The Hollywood Reporter.
Mulroney will play a district attorney whose daughter is in need of new lungs after contracting a rare illness. When he discovers she is low on the official organ transplant waiting list, he heads to Mexico to buy his way to the top of their list.
However, he is forced to choose between saving hundreds of children being killed for their organs – and saving his own daughter’s life.
Mulroney recently wrapped production on “Flash of Genius,” a drama co-starring Lauren Graham, Greg Kinnear and Alan Alda.
Tim Allen will make his feature directorial debut on the indie comedy “Crazy on the Outside,” reports Variety.
Allen will also star in the film, while Ray Liotta, Carrie-Ann Moss, Kelsey Grammer and Julie Bowen are all in talks to also join the cast.
The comedy stars Allen as a parolee who finds life outside prison to be much crazier thanks to his quirky sister.
While this will be the actor’s first feature film directing gig, he previously directed an episode of his hit sitcom “Home Improvement.”
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