The official title for the new Exorcist reboot has been revealed, alongside the first plot details.
The new trailer debuted at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and gave those in attendance a first, terrifying look, according to Variety.
The Exorcist: Believer stars Glass Onion and The Many Saints of Newark’s Leslie Odom Jr, Ellen Burstyn, who is reprising her Chris MacNeil role from the 1973 original, Ann Dowd from The Handmaid’s Tale, Lidya Jewett and Olivia Marcum.
Jewett and Marcum play school friends who find themselves possessed after disappearing for several days. They start to display several horrifying symptoms that see them staring dead-eyed in the mirror and storming into church services.
Dowd’s character is confirmed to be Paula, a nurse who seemingly treats the two girls. Further details about Odom Jr’s character and the role that Burstyn’s MacNeil plays are yet to be revealed.
David Gordon Green (Halloween sequel trilogy) directs the film, while Jason Blum and David Robinson are producing alongside Couper Samuelson as executive producer.
“It struck something primal in audiences around the world, its depiction of innocence corrupted by something evil,” Green told those in attendance.
Originally released in 1973, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist has gone on to become a cult classic in the horror genre.
Starring Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller and Max von Sydow, the film followed two priests attempting to rid a young girl (Blair) of possession from the ancient Babylonian demon Pazuzu.
As it stands, Blair will not be appearing in the reboot, with the actress confirming the news via a statement on Twitter back in 2021. “As of now, there has not been any discussion about me participating or reprising my role,” she wrote.
“I wish all those involved the best and I appreciate the loyalty and passion the fans have for The Exorcist and my character.”
The Exorcist: Believer film will be out in cinemas on October 13, 2023.