Fresh off the news that Hostel 2 might hit multiplexes just a little bit late, now word comes that Eli Roth may have snagged himself a trio of fine female leads -- two of whom will most likely end up on the receiving end of items sharp, rusty and/or blood-spattered. The first Hostel misadventure featured three men (Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson) who run afoul of Slovakia's most unfriendly tourist trap, and it looks like Hostel 2 will be flipping the gender script by having Lauren German (Texas Chainsaw's doomed hitchhikerette), Bijou Phillips (a victim of Venom) and Heather Matarazzo (who played Martha Meeks in Scream 3) run shrieking from a variety of sick bastards who don't mind paying large sums of money if it means they can torture someone without getting arrested for it.

Previous word from Mr. Roth was that original Hostel escapee Jay Hernandez would be reprising his role in the sequel, but I'm beginning to get the impression that Hernandez will "star" in Hostel 2 the same way that Adrienne King "starred" in Friday the 13th Part 2. Production on Hostel 2 gets underway real soon, after which Eli will focus on his adaptation of Stephen King's Cell, a movie that definitely has a shot at being better than the book -- which starts out awesomely and really runs out of steam in Act III.