I think for fans of the psychological thriller, 13 Tzameti, an American remake probably seemed like a bad idea from the get-go -- to be honest, most of them usually are. But with the film's original creator at the helm, and the addition of Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, and Ray Winstone, hopefully it has helped raise our expectations for the update ever so slightly. But the remake won't just be a boys club this time around, because The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Emmanuelle Chriqui (Cadillac Records) has joined the remake of Géla Babluani's Sundance winner.

The original film, released in 2006, centered on a young construction worker who in a desperate attempt to earn money for his family is swept up in a deadly game of Russian Roulette that has been turned into a 'spectator sport'. There aren't many details about the plot for the remake, but Babluani has confirmed that he will not be remaking the film 'shot-for shot', and that some of the story elements will be changed. I don't want to give anything away, but if you have seen the original film, then you probably have a pretty good guess as to what Babluani might have in mind for his re-write.

Chriqui might be best known as Sloan McQuewick on HBO's Entourage, but she has been slowly building her film resume with everything from teen horrors to 'empowering' indies (although it's probably for the best if she leaves Don't Mess with The Zohan off her resume). It shouldn't come as a surprise that in most of her work, her looks have played a large part in the roles she is offered; hookers, porn stars, you name it. I just hope for her sake, Babluani is going to give her something just a little more exciting to do this time around.
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