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Beckinsale and Whaley Check In to "Vacancy'"

Kate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale has been tapped to replace Sarah Jessica Parker in the Screen Gems horror thriller "Vacancy," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Vacancy" will co-star Beckinsale and Luke Wilson as a couple who find video cameras in their motel room, then realize they are being taped for a snuff film.  Yikes!  Sounds like the Bates Motel of the new millennium.

A spokeswoman for Screen Gems said that Parker dropped out of the film for the vague/standard "personal" reasons.

Beckinsale most recently starred in Sony Pictures' "Click," opposite Adam Sandler and will next appear in the upcoming "Snow Angels" with Sam Rockwell.  "Vacancy" marks her return to Screen Gems following her leading role in the "Underworld" films.

Frank Whaley has also signed on to the film and will apparently play the anti-hero.  Does that - by default - mean he saves the day (though reluctantly)?  I hope the film isn't as predictable as that.

Actor/director/writer Whaley was onscreen this summer in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center." He also recently wrapped principal photography on "New York City Serenade," a movie he wrote and directed that stars Chris Klein and Freddie Prinze Jr.

"Vacancy" is slated for a U.S. release in April 2007.  -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on September 11, 2006 4:11 PM
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