ROB ZOMBIE: 'Devil's Rejects' Casting Change Announced

According to a posting on Rob Zombie's web site, Robert Mukes will not be appearing as Rufus Firefly in "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to Zombie's directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses", tentatively due later in the year. He will be replaced by Tyler Mane. Mr. Mane is best remembered as Sabertooth in the first "X-Men" film and can be seen in this summer's blockbuster "Troy". When asked about Mukes' departure, Zombie said, "It came down to one issue... money. We tried to come to an agreement with Robert Mukes, but couldn't. We were told by his agent that he passed on the film. I, along with the original cast members, were shocked." Zombie continued," We are very excited by the addition of Tyler Mane as Rufus to the cast of 'The Devil's Rejects'."

As previously reported, "The Devil's Rejects" (which "refers to the nickname that the media has bestowed upon our favorite band of murderers") will feature a plot revolving around "the revenge-driven brother of slain Sheriff Wydell hunting down the family with a band of bounty hunters."

Even though "House of 1000 Corpses" was not a box office smash, the relatively low-budget flick's (which cost a reported $7 million to produce) $12.5 million haul was enough to make Lions Gate Films happy.

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