So much for Henry Lee Hopper's acting debut. While Dennis' offspring had signed on for a part in Wes Craven's 25/8 at the end of March, not even a month later, he's unfortunately out. In a really crappy bit of luck, Hopper has been brought down by mononucleosis. Poor dude. With that looming actors strike, Craven can't wait, so The Hollywood Reporter posts that they've got a more recognizable replacement for the would-be actor -- Max Thieriot.

The young actor is definitely doing a decent job finding roles to balance out his family fare gigs. While he's had parts in The Pacifier and The Astronaut Farmer, played Ned Nickerson in Nancy Drew, and has a place in the upcoming Kit Kittredge flick, he's just popped on the big screen in Jumper, has a part in Driving Lessons, and now may meet his death on the big screen. Thieriot will play one of seven fifteen-year-old kids who are haunted by a serial killer who was said to have died on the day they were born. There's other new cast members added to the mix as well -- newcomers Nick Lashaway (who will play a bully), John Magaro (playing Theriot's funny sidekick), and Paulina Olszynski (a pretty, popular girl), plus Raul Esparza is in negotiations to play the killer.

I just really, really hope that although this is sounding much too much like Nightmare on Elm Street, that Wes finds his inner, fresh mojo and makes something good. I wanted to love Red Eye, but the film was completely spoiled for me by spotting all of the end's similarities to Scream. But, my fingers crossed...
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