Universal Studios has finally released the highly anticipated trailer for “The Exorcist: Believer,” a sequel to the iconic horror classic, “The Exorcist,” which first terrified audiences half a century ago. Directed by the talented David Gordon Green, the new installment brings back the legendary Ellen Burstyn, reprising her role as Chris MacNeil, the character she portrayed in the original 1973 film.
The gripping trailer revolves around two young girls who undergo a harrowing possession after a mysterious kidnapping attempt. Burstyn’s character, MacNeil, steps in to offer her assistance, drawing from her own haunting experience with a possessed daughter. However, the trailer cleverly keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, uncertain if she can truly save the girls, who are now adorned with ominous Satanic markings and display disturbing behavior, even devouring pages from the holy Bible.
According to the official logline of the film, the story centers on Victor Fielding, portrayed by the talented Leslie Odom Jr., who has been raising his daughter Angela, played by Lidya Jewett, alone since the tragic death of his pregnant wife. When Angela and her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum) inexplicably vanish in the woods only to return with no recollection of their ordeal, Victor turns to Chris MacNeil, the sole witness to such malevolent occurrences.
“The Exorcist: Believer” is the first installment of a planned trilogy, with its sequel, “The Exorcist: Deceiver,” set to hit theaters on April 18, 2025. Universal Studios is aiming to recapture the immense success of the original “Exorcist” franchise, which spawned four sequels over the years.
The original film, based on William Peter Blatty’s chilling novel, left a profound impact on popular culture, garnering both praise and controversy for its graphic and intense religious themes. It earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and ultimately won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.
Produced by the powerhouse combination of Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Entertainment, in association with Rough House Pictures, “The Exorcist: Believer” boasts an impressive cast alongside Ellen Burstyn. It includes the talents of Ann Dowd, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jennifer Nettles, and Raphael Sbarge, promising a captivating and spine-tingling cinematic experience.
Mark your calendars, horror enthusiasts! “The Exorcist: Believer” is set to hit theaters on October 13, delivering a haunting tale that will surely send shivers down your spine and keep you yearning for more as this new trilogy unfolds its chilling narrative.