Fox has released a new sneak peek at its new horror TV series The Exorcist, which is inspired by author William Peter Blatty’s terrifying 1971 novel.
The upcoming series follows two very different priests: Father Thomas, played by Alfonso Herrera (Sense8), and Father Marcus, played by Ben Daniels (House of Cards), as they try to help the Rance family deal with a demonic presence residing in their home.
Also starring Geena Davis (The Fly, Commander in Chief) as Angela Rance and Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, Spin City) as Henry Rance, The Exorcist hails from Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, Fantastic Four), who created and will executive-produce the show, while Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) helmed the pilot. The video below features interviews with Slater and Davis.
Here’s an extended synopsis for The Exorcist (this is for the pilot, and Alan Ruck has since been made a 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 is set to premiere on Sept. 23. on Fox.
(via Coming Soon)