Samara Weaving replaced by Happy Death Day's Jessica Rothe on Boy Kills World

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Samara Weaving has exited new action-fantasy movie Boy Kills World just days after joining the project.

The actress, who was set to reunite with her Snake Eyes co-star Andrew Koji on the film, will be replaced by Happy Death Day's Jessica Rothe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaving had to leave the movie due to scheduling conflicts.

Boy Kills World, which also stars Bill Skarsgård and Yayan Ruhian, has been described as a "one-of-a-kind action spectacle set in a dystopian fever-dream reality".

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Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images

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It centres on an imaginative deaf-mute boy who escapes to the jungle after his family is murdered, and is trained by a shaman to repress his imagination and become an instrument of death.

Rothe will take over the role of June 27, an assassin, from Weaving, while Skarsgård is portraying Boy alongside Ruhian as the mentor character.

The movie is being directed by Moritz Mohr, who conceived of the project alongside Arend Remmers, who in turn wrote the script with Tyler Burton Smith. Original Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is producing, with filming beginning next month in South Africa.

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

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Rothe is perhaps best known for playing the role of Tree Gelbman in 2017's black comedy Happy Death Day, reprising the part in its sequel Happy Death Day 2U. She has also appeared in the likes of La La Land, Valley Girl andUtopia.

She also starred in 2020 romantic drama All My Life alongside Glee and Shadowhunters' actor Harry Shum Jr.

Boy Kills World will begin production next month, though a release date is yet to be confirmed.

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