Oscar nominee Ellen Page has dropped out of Sam Raimi's upcoming horror film, Drag Me To Hell.

In a joint statement from Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures:

"We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen's schedule. But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time and we had to push back the start of production."

Sam Raimi co-wrote the film with his brother Ivan, and is set to direct this tale about a woman who unsuspectedly becomes the host of a supernatural curse. Filming was set to begin on March 17 in Los Angeles, but it is unclear how Page's reported departure will affect the film's schedule.