David Gordon Green is back in the director’s chair to reboot another popular horror franchise with The Exorcist: Believer. Co-written by Green and Peter Sattler, the movie acts as a direct sequel to William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and disregards continuity from Exorcist II: The Heretic onwards, just like 2018’s Halloween was a direct sequel to John Carpenter‘s original. It will also jumpstart a planned trilogy, with two more films set to release.
Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, and she will be joined by Leslie Odom Jr, Ann Dowd, Lidiya Jewett, Olivia Marcum, Raphael Sbarge, Jennifer Nettles, and Okwui Okpokwasili.
Here is the plot synopsis:
“Exactly 50 years ago this fall, the most terrifying horror film in history landed on screens, shocking audiences around the world. Now, on Friday, October 13, a new chapter begins. From Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green, who shattered the status quo with their resurrection of the Halloween franchise, comes The Exorcist: Believer.
Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr.; One Night in Miami, Hamilton) has raised their daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett, Good Girls) on his own.
But when Angela and her friend Katherine (newcomer Olivia Marcum), disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil.
For the first time since the 1973 film, Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, an actress who has been forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.”
You can watch the trailer below and see the movie in theatres on October 13