The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty is a profoundly uncomfortable and contentious film classic. The 1973 movie, which was based on the same-named book, sparked passionate discussions, garnered ardent supporters and fierce detractors, and cemented its place as a perennial puzzle in popular culture and film history.
David Gordon Green, famed for helming the last three Halloween movies, is now making a comeback to the world of pulp fiction horror with “The Exorcist: Believer,” some fifty years after the first picture both surprised spectators with its frightening concept, unsettling images, and ground-breaking acting.
When Will ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Come Out?
The future The Exorcist franchise entry will be released in a trilogy. The first film is slated to hit theaters on October 6, 2023. The A24 musical comedy “Dicks: The Musical,” the sci-fi drama “Foe,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal, and the psychological suspense thriller “Cat Person,” starring Emilia Jones and Nicholas Braun, will all release on the same day as it.
The highly anticipated Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film has been avoided by moving up “The Exorcist: Believer”‘s intended release date of October 13, 2023, by one week. In addition to “The Exorcist: Believer,” “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines,” a Stephen King prequel, will be released on Paramount+ during the same week in October. In addition, fans may anticipate the eagerly anticipated “Five Nights at Freddy’s” movie, which is being made by Universal and Blumhouse as well, to enter theaters three weeks after “The Exorcist: Believer.” Looking ahead, Universal and Blumhouse have already decided on an Easter Sunday release date for the second film in the trilogy of sequels, “The Exorcist: Deceiver,” which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on April 18, 2025.
Where Will ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Be Available to Stream?
“The Exorcist: Believer will debut exclusively in cinemas at first. After its theatrical run concludes, it will become exclusively accessible for streaming on Universal’s Peacock streaming service.”
The second and third parts of the Exorcist trilogy will follow a similar pattern and make their cinematic debuts before coming to Peacock. According to The New York Times, Donna Langley, the driving force behind the partnership between NBCUniversal and Peacock, reportedly spearheaded a competitive bid for the Exorcist trilogy. The enormous agreement was signed for an astounding amount that exceeded $400 million. The project’s stakeholders have a bright prognosis for the franchise’s future, buoyed by their belief in committed fans and the predicted revival of movie theaters in 2023.
Who Stars in ‘The Exorcist: Believer’?
Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will reprise her legendary role as Chris MacNeil, a well-known Hollywood star and the mother of the possessed Regan MacNeil. The famous actress played by Ellen Burstyn in the first movie had to adjust to life without her star spouse while living with her daughter on a set close to Georgetown. Burstyn received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her outstanding work in the original movie.
Leslie Odom Jr., an Academy Award contender known for his performance in “Hamilton,” will play Victor Fielding, a worried parent who turns to Chris MacNeil for assistance after learning that his child has become possessed. Jennifer Nettles, best known for her work with the country music group Sugarland, who is joining the cast of “The Righteous Gemstones,” will play the mother of a second possessed child who works alongside Odom Jr.’s character. The husband of Nettles’ character will be played by “Fosse/Verdon” actor Norbert Leo Butz. As Katherine and Angela, two young girls battling demonic possession, Lidya Jewett from “Good Girls” and newcomer Olivia O’Neill have also been cast.
The Emmy Award-winning actress Ann Dowd, best known for her part in “Hereditary,” will make a terrifying comeback in the next horror movie. Raphael Sbarge from “Once Upon a Time” and Okwui Okpokwasili from “Madeline’s Madeline,” both playing parts that have not yet been revealed, are joining her. The return of characters like Father Merrin and Father Karras is still a mystery in the movie’s plot, and there are clues that the original actors, regretfully, can’t play them again because of their passing. Exciting speculations have been circulating that Linda Blair would make a comeback to play Regan MacNeil in the film. Blair, who was nominated for an Oscar for her outstanding performance in the first movie, has remained a topic of discussion. Although Regan’s on-screen presence has not been confirmed by filmmaker Green, he did disclose that Blair contributed as a consultant and was present on set, as mentioned in an interview.
Who Is Making ‘The Exorcist: Believer’?
The Exorcist: Believer” will be directed by David Gordon Green, who is renowned for his diverse body of work. He got his start in the business with independent dramas like “George Washington,” “All the Real Girls,” “Snow Angels,” and the suspenseful thriller “Undertow.”The hugely popular stoner comedy “Pineapple Express,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, served as Green’s big break. With this triumph under his belt, he moved on to directing studio comedies, including “Your Highness,” with Franco, Danny McBride, and Natalie Portman, and “The Sitter,” with Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell.With movies like “Prince Avalanche,” starring Paul Rudd, and “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage, the director later went back to his independent roots. His filmography extended to include the dramas “Manglehorn,” starring Al Pacino, “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock, and “Stronger,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and based on the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman.When Green ventured into the horror genre, he developed the Halloween sequel trilogy for Universal and Blumhouse, which consists of “Halloween,” “Halloween Kills,” and “Halloween Ends.”Green has distinguished himself in television as well, directing episodes for shows including “Eastbound & Down,” “The Righteous Gemstones,” “Vice Principals,” “Mythic Quest,” “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” “Dickinson,” “Red Oaks,” and others There’s Johnny.” His diverse body of work continues to captivate audiences across various genres.
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Is There a Trailer for ‘The Exorcist: Believer’?
As of July 25, 2023, the trailer, which was initially exclusive to movie theaters, has now been released for wider audiences. Clocking in at just over three minutes, the trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse of thrilling moments and welcomes back Ellen Burstyn in her iconic portrayal of Chris MacNeil.
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