It's time to give up your dreams of Dominique Swain and snuff films -- The Hollywood Reporter has posted the cast list of the upcoming horror film Slaughter, and Ms. Swain is no longer in the picture. They say she's having scheduling conflicts, which I presume is due to her role in another heart-warming tale called Trance. Instead, Erica Leerhsen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) has taken over her role, and will be joined by Shawnee Smith (Amanda from the Saw series), AnnaLynne McCord (Day of the Dead), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Elektra), Eugenia Yuan (The Eye 2), Karl Yune (Memoirs of a Geisha), and Jonathon Trent (Alone with Her).

Basically, these girls (Smith, Leerhsen, McCord) are aspiring actresses who land some Japanese work. Instead of traversing the ocean to get one step closer to superstardom, they find themselves cast in a snuff film. I wonder if they realize this from the get-go, or are running around, thinking that all of their dangerous props are fake until one of them slices and dices? Tagawa is playing the director, Yuan is playing the producer, Yune is the male co-star, and Trent is playing the boyfriend of McCord's character. The film is based on a Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition script by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby, with Víctor García taking up the directorial duties. IMDb says production has already started, and I would hope so, it they want to keep their January 20 release date. Talk about a quick turn-around!