Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has been cast in the upcoming pilot for a TV version of The Exorcist.
Davis will play the role of Angela Rance in the Fox series, a new character described as: “Naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, Angela does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think if her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.”
Davis, who won her Oscar for her supporting role in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist in 1988, is no stranger to horror roles. She starred in The Fly and the infinitely less terrifying Beetlejuice.
The actress joins House Of Cards star Ben Daniels and newcomer Alfonso Herrera for The Exorcist. Daniels plays “intense holy warrior” Father Marcus, while Herrera is the “selfless and compassionate” Father Tomas.
Hannah Kasulka and Brianne Howey will play Davis’ children, Casey and Charlotte, and given what happened in the film, they probably aren’t in for much of a fun time as far as the plot goes.
Fox have described their interpretation of Mark Kermode’s favourite film as a “modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book”. The pilot has been written by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and will be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes).
The adaptation is set to begin filming in Chicago later this year. The Exorcist tells the story of a teenage girl apparently possessed by a demon, and two priests who attempt an exorcism. You can watch the trailer for the original terrifying offering below.
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