A year has already passed since that was announced that Blumhouse Productions and director David Gordon Green planned to follow their trilogy of Halloween sequels by making a trilogy of sequels to the 1973 classic The Exorcist (see it HERE). Ellen Burstyn was already on board to repeat her Exorcist the role of Chris MacNeil in the first of these Blumhouse/Green sequels when the announcement was made and it was said that the film would have Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton). Now Burstyn and Odom have finally got their first co-star: Deadline reports that Ann Dowd has joined the cast of the new Exorcist.
Dowd is best known for playing Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid’s Tale, but she and Green have a decade of history together. After seeing the actress in the Off Broadway play Blood from a StoneGreen suggested that she be cast in the 2012 film Compliance, on which he was an executive producer. That role in Compliance proved to be a breakthrough for Dowd. She worked again with Green on his 2015 satire Our brand is crisis. Details of the role she will play in his Exorcist the film has not been revealed.
We know Odom is playing a character who
tracks down Chris MacNeil after his child becomes possessed.
Universal and Peacock paid an amount somewhere in the range of $400 million to acquire the rights to distribute this new Exorcist trilogy. The films come to us from Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek Entertainment and are produced by Jason Blum, David Robinson and James Robinson. Green, Danny McBride and Cooper Samuelson serve as executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.
Green designed the story to The Exorcist 2023 with Peter Sattler (Cracked diamonds), then wrote the screenplay with McBride (who wrote all three of the new Halloweens with him) and theirs Halloween kills co-author Scott Teems.
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Ellen Burstyn recently implied that she has already shot scenes for the new film which is scheduled to be released on 13 October 2023.