The Exorcist will be heading to the small screen as a new TV series in the fall, and following the release of the first trailer a few months back, Fox has unleashed a trio of terrifying teasers to put you in the mood for some good old-fashioned demonic possession and make your head spin in a complete 360.
The series, inspired by William Peter Blatty's novel, will follow two very different priests, played by Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen) and Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone, House of Cards), who take on the case of a family’s horrifying demonic possession. The show also stars Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise, The Fly, Commander in Chief) as Angela, the mother of the family dealing with the demonic forces that reside in their house.
Check out the new teasers:
Looks like demonic possession may be the new zombies, with Cinemax currently airing Outcast, a show based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name. Fox also has Lucifer. Yeah, it's got no demonic possession but instead sees Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), aka the Devil, walking around L.A. solving crimes -- and looking devilishly sexy while doing so. But I digress.
Here’s an extended synopsis for Fox’s The Exorcist (note that Alan Ruck has since been upped to series regular):
“THE EXORCIST” is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious, and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive, and utterly consumed by his sacred mission.
Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (guest star Alan Ruck), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.
The Exorcist will premiere on Sept. 23. Will the power of Christ compel you to watch?
(via Dread Central)