The Exorcist is considered one of the best horror movies ever made, with a place on multiple best-of lists and a seat on the Library of Congress’ Film Registry. And as we know, it’s going to be a TV movie on Fox. But what we didn’t know until now: It’s going to star Geena Davis.
According to Vulture, Davis will be playing Angela (<—I see what they did there) Rance, a character "weighed down by stress, [but] does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can't help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what's wrong.”
But which demon? The Exorcist was about the possession of a young girl by Pazuzu, the Assyrian/Babylonian demon of the wind — the bad kind, the one that heralds locusts and famines (not the kind of demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who brings the fun in). We don’t know who the antagonist in the upcoming show will be. But if it has “Exorcist” in the title, we can expect some stomach-turning special effects.
Sci-fi fans know Davis from her more popular movies like The Fly and Beetlejuice (as well as her not-so-popular-but-nevertheless-enjoyable Earth Girls Are Easy). She was recently seen on Grey’s Anatomy, and prior to that, she starred in a short-lived series Commander in Chief, where she won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a TV Drama.
Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four, 2015) has written the pilot, which will be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Meanwhile, the other 1970s horror sensation, The Omen, will have its own TV series, Damien, on A&E. So it’s The Exorcist vs. The Omen — kind of like in the 1970s. Only this time, with less disco.