Universal has announced they’ll be releasing The Exorcist: Deceiver, the sequel to The Exorcist: Believer, for Easter 2025
Close on the heels of the internet release of the trailer for The Exorcist: Believer, which is set to reach theatres on October 13th, Universal Pictures has gone ahead announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that they’ll be giving the next Exorcist sequel, which will be titled The Exorcist: Deceiver, an Easter 2025 theatrical release. The specific release date they’ve chosen is April 18, 2025. So if you really like Believer, you’ll only have to wait eighteen months to see the next chapter in this planned trilogy.
Blumhouse Productions, Morgan Creek Entertainment, and director David Gordon Green are teaming up to make this new trilogy of The Exorcist sequels for Universal and Peacock, starting with The Exorcist: Believer. Universal and Peacock forked over an amount somewhere in the range of $400 million to acquire the rights to distribute this trilogy.
Green previously directed a trilogy of Halloween sequels. While there have been rumors that he might be feeling franchise fatigue after making four horror sequels in a row, the release date announcement for The Exorcist: Deceiver confirms that Green is still expected to direct that one.
Green crafted the story for The Exorcist: Believer with Danny McBride (who wrote all three of the new Halloweens with him) and their Halloween Kills co-writer Scott Teems, then wrote the screenplay with Peter Sattler (Broken Diamonds). Here’s what they came up with: Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding has raised their daughter on his own. But when Angela and her friend Katherine, 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.
Ellen Burstyn reprises the role of Chris MacNeil, the character she played in the 1973 classic The Exorcist (watch it HERE), “an actress who has been forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.” Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) plays Victor Fielding, with Lidya Jewett (Nightbooks) as Angela and newcomer Olivia Marcum as her friend Katherine. Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Victor and Angela’s neighbor, and Jennifer Nettles (The Righteous Gemstones) and Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon) play Katherine’s parents. Okwui Okpokwasili (Master) is also in the cast, playing an unspecified role, and Raphael Sbarge (Carnosaur) plays a pastor. Original The Exorcist star Linda Blair is in there as well, reprising the role of Chris MacNeil’s daughter Regan.
It’s not clear which, if any, of those cast members might return for The Exorcist: Deceiver.
The Exorcist: Believer is being produced by Jason Blum, David Robinson, and James Robinson. Green, Danny McBride, Stephanie Allain, and Couper Samuelson serve as executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.
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