Fox's The Exorcist series gets full season pick-up

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May 11, 2016, 11:57 AM EDT (Updated)

Looks like the power of Christ has compelled Fox to pick up The Exorcist to series.

After ordering a pilot a few months back, Deadline now reports the network has taken the plunge and given the green light for a full series order of the upcoming horror TV show inspired by author William Blatty’s 1971 book and not the seminal 1973 horror movie helmed by William Friedkin.

A modern reinvention of the novel, The Exorcist is being headlined by Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen) as Father Thomas, a “warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church” and Ben Daniels (House of Cards, Flesh and Bone) as Father Marcus, “the intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public.”

Geena Davis (Beetlejuice, The Fly), Brianne Howey (Scream Queens), Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters) and Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall, Pan) also star, with Davis playing a character named Angela Rance, who is “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.” Here’s the official logline:

More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.

With a pilot penned by Jeremy Slater (last year's Fantastic Four) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), The Exorcist is slated to scare us for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Are you looking forward to the new series?

(via Deadline)

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