The violent, unsettling, and divisive nature of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is precisely what makes it such an intriguing chapter in cinema history and popular culture. The 1973 movie, which was based on the same-named book. It was controversial, received positive reviews, and over time developed a cult following of followers. David Gordon Green, the director of the most recent three Halloween films. He is now revisiting the pulp fiction horror story in The Exorcist: Believer. Nearly fifty years after the original movie first frightened audiences with its terrifying premise, nauseating imagery, and boundary-pushing performances. Here is what we currently know about the impending The Exorcist: Believer prequel.
When Is The Exorcist: Believer Going to Be Released?
The Marsh King’s Daughter, a thriller starring Daisy Ridley, Foe, a sci-fi drama starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal, and Cat Person, a psychological thriller starring Emilia Jones and Nicholas Braun, will all open up against the first installment of this new Exorcist trilogy on October 6, 2023. The film was moved ahead a week from its original release date to avoid clashing with the much-awaited concert film Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour on October 13, 2023.
The Stephen King prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will be released on Paramount+ the same week as The Exorcist: Believer, and the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy’s (which is also from Universal and Blumhouse) will be released three weeks after the legacy sequel.
The Exorcist: Deceiver, the second installment in the trilogy of sequel films, has already been scheduled by Universal and Blumhouse for release on April 18, 2025, which falls on Easter weekend.
The Exorcist: Believer trailer
The first trailer for The Exorcist: Believer was unveiled on July 25, 2023, after being seen only in theatres prior to some showing of Oppenheimer. Just over three minutes long, the teaser promises lots of horrors as well as the return of Ellen Burstyn in the enduring character of Chris MacNeil.
On September 5, 2023, a second trailer for The Exorcist: Believer was unveiled, showing Chris MacNeil arguing with a female who was possessed. One girl lives, one girl dies, the devil declares at the end of the trailer. You have a choice.
Cast of The Exorcist: Believer
Ellen Burstyn, an Academy Award winner, will return to her original role as Chris MacNeil. He a famous Hollywood figure who is Regan MacNeil’s possessive mother. In the original movie, Burstyn played a well-known actress who had recently separated from her actor husband and was living on a set close to Georgetown with their kid. For her performance in the original movie, Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), an Academy Award contender. He will also appear in the movie as Victor Fielding. The parent of a demon-possessed kid who turns to Chris MacNeil for assistance. The mother of another possessed child who joins forces with Odom Jr.’s character will be played by Jennifer Nettles (The Righteous Gemstones). She is best known as part of the country music duet Sugarland. The part of Nettles’ husband will be played by Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon).
Angela and Katherine, are two young girls who are controlled by a demonic entity. They will be indeed portrayed by Lidya Jewett (Good Girls) and debutante Olivia O’Neill. With her part in the movie, Emmy Award winner Ann Dowd (Hereditary) will return to the horror genre. Additionally cast in unnamed roles are Raphael Sbarge from Once Upon a Time and Okwui Okpokwasili from Madeline’s Madeline.
The characters of Father Merrin and Father Karras may or may not return to the plot; however, as the original performers have now gone away, it is improbable that the priests will.
We’ll have to wait to find out if the infamous pea soup will once again serve as demon vomit.
What is the plot of The Exorcist: Believer?
The narrative centers on a young kid named Regan (Linda Blair). She is exhibiting unusually alarming behavior for a child her age. It included peeing on the floor in a crowded place. And also using profane language that would make even the toughest sailor blush. Actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), the mother of Regan, seeks the assistance. Assistance of Jesuit monks at nearby Georgetown University after several futile medical tests. Including the iconic arteriogram scene that made many moviegoers extremely ill. Regan has progressed above just upsetting her mother’s dinner parties. And also Chris worries that her daughter could possibly be to blame for the passing of a longtime family friend.