Trio Checks Rates in 'Hostel 2'

Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo and Bijou Phillips are in varying stages of negotiations to star in "Hostel 2," which Eli Roth is directing for Screen Gems.

The first "Hostel," which was released this year and grossed about $50 million domestically, followed three men who end up in a Slovakian hostel which serves as a front for an organization specializing in torture.

This time, the story follows three women who, while studying abroad for the summer, learn the grim truth behind the Slovakian hostel and its international counterparts. German would play a wealthy girl trying to figure out her next step in life, Phillips would be her best friend, and Matarazzo will be a tag-along.

Production is expected to get under way next month in Slovakia.

Roth wrote the screenplay. Quentin Tarantino and Boaz Yakin are returning as executive producers.

Lionsgate will distribute the film domestically.

Phillips appeared in the horror movie "Venom" and recently wrapped musical drama "What We Do Is Secret."

Matarazzo appeared in "The Princess Diaries" movies and was one of the stars of "Saved!"

German starred opposite Diane Keaton in the CBS telefilm "Surrender Dorothy" and will next be seen in the indie feature "You Are Here."

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Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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