“The Exorcist: Believer” casts “Hamilton” veteran Leslie Odom Jr. as a father whose daughter (Lidya Jewett) and her pal (Olivia Marcum) are beseiged by the forces of Pazuzu. Determined for assist, he turns to somebody who’s encountered this specific demonic entity earlier than — Chris MacNeil, with Ellen Burstyn reprising her well-known function from William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist.”
The entire setup has greater than a whiff of David Gordon Inexperienced’s “Halloween,” with Chris set to comply with Laurie Strode in turning into the subsequent milestone horror heroine pressured to confront their longstanding Trauma with a capital “T.” Judging by the “Believer” footage proven at this yr’s CinemaCon, the movie will not be holding again on the grisly bloodshed both, very similar to Inexperienced’s tackle The Form.
Along with directing, Inexperienced co-wrote the “Believer” screenplay and story with Peter Sattler (“Camp X-Ray”) and his “Halloween” trilogy scribes Danny McBride and Scott Teems, with the likes of Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Raphael Sbarge rounding out the film’s solid. The ambition right here is to launch a brand-new “Exorcist” movie trilogy, with Jason Blum declaring it his and Blumhouse’s “riskiest” film up to now when it comes to the associated fee and expectations.
Can Blum and Inexperienced ship the products? We will see how they deal with the stress when “The Exorcist: Believer” begins haunting theaters on October 13, 2023 — simply in time to have a good time the fiftieth anniversary of Friedkin’s spider-walking, head-spinning, pea soup-spitting unique.