Fede Alvarez started shooting The Evil Dead in New Zealand almost two weeks ago and star Jane Levy has dropped a few hints regarding the amount of practical effects and prosthetics in the piece.
Speaking to The Marin Independent Journal she said, “I really wanted to work on ‘Evil Dead’ because of how different it is from ‘Suburgatory.’ I guess that’s my main goal in this industry, to work on different stuff and to play a wide range of characters. That process of creating a new person is so fun for me. I love the initial makeup/hair tests before the start of a new job; I’m always campaigning for a new hair color or length, anything to look as different as possible.
This role also intrigued me because of how much I will learn, mostly technical stuff like special effects. That’s fascinating to me. I had to get my body “casted” for this role so they can make me prosthetics. That process entailed getting your whole body covered in green goo, like the stuff they put in your mouth for a tooth casting, and then being papier-mâchéd. It was the coolest thing ever.”
Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore (“The Legend Of The Seeker”) and Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, “Melrose Place”) also star, with Lucas playing the best friend of a girl going through withdrawal (Levy) who is also a nurse. Blackmore is playing the fiancee of Fernandez and new to the group. The film echoes Raimi’s original and will carry a serious tone. Bruce Campbell is rumored to make a cameo as another character.
Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures. Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) revised the latest draft. The Evil Dead will roam its POV through theaters on April 12, 2013.