March 4, 2009 / 2:59 AM / 10 years ago

Actresses line up for Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - As the clock clicks toward the opening of “Watchmen” on Friday, director Zack Snyder is beginning to put together an all-female cast for his next project, “Sucker Punch.”

“Mamma Mia!” co-star Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to headline the action fantasy, joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish and Evan Rachel Wood.

Set in the 1950s, “Sucker Punch” follows a girl (Seyfried) who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.

Snyder, who co-wrote the script with Steve Shibuya, has described the fantasy world as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns,” blending such elements as dragons, B-52 bombers and brothels.

If deals are completed, the other actresses would play Seyfried’s fellow inmates who also travel into the alternate reality. The shooting schedule is still being worked out.

Seyfried played Meryl Streep’s daughter in “Mamma Mia!” and is currently shooting Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe.” She next stars with Megan Fox in “Jennifer’s Body.”

Hudgens is best known for her work in the “High School Musical” franchise, while Cornish’s credits include “Stop-Loss” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” Wood played Mickey Rourke’s daughter in “The Wrestler.”

Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters

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