Ashley Tisdale, who recently headlined Scary Movie 5, has departed the upcoming Left Behind, Variety reports. Replacing her is “Big Love” and “Switched at Birth” star Cassi Thompson, who will star opposite Nicolas Cage and Chad Michael Murray in the story of a group of survivors during the first few hours after the Rapture.
Thompson will be playing Chloe Steele, the daughter of Cage’s Ray Steele character. After millions of people suddenly disappear from Earth, Chloe wanders America looking to find any remaining members of her family.
Murray will playing the role of journalist Cameron Buck Williams in the remake of the Christian-themed movie franchise.
Vic Armstrong will direct the $15 million project from Stoney Lake Entertainment, the new production company led by Paul Lalonde of Cloud Ten Pictures. Filming is expected to start in early spring for a fourth quarter 2013 release by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The franchise is based on the series of books written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. Kirk Cameron starred in the original trilogy of which the first film hit theaters in 2001.
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