Could Jamie Lee Curtis Have Starred In ‘The Exorcist’?

The Queen of Scream could have been a real head-turner before she met Michael Myers.

It’s impossible to think of film legend Jamie Lee Curtis without seeing her as Laurie Strode in the iconic Halloween franchise. But, just for a moment, imagine a very young Curtis in a very different, but equally memorable, horror part–that of Regan MacNeil in 1973’s The Exorcist.

Well, according to a report on looper.com, that almost happened.

It seems that a couple of years ago, Curtis gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly in which she mentioned that she had been invited–at the tender age of 13–to audition for the part that eventually went to Linda Blair in one of the all-time great horror films.

As Curtis remembers it, one of the producers of The Exorcist called her mother–another film luminary, Janet Leigh–and asked if she would allow Jamie to audition for the movie. And that’s when horror film history may have changed forever. “My mother said no,” Curtis said.

Despite that, Curtis said she has always been a huge fan of the film. She even held a screening of The Exorcist at her home to celebrate her 15th birthday. “It scared me so badly,” Curtis said, “that my friends would taunt me in school.”

Maybe that’s why Curtis last month said she would love to be a part of the upcoming sequel to The Exorcist–as reported here in Horror News Network–providing the voice of the possessing demon. And since David Gordon Green is directing the spooky sequel (the filmmaker behind the current Halloween trilogy), maybe Curtis has a leg up on the role.

“If David gives me the part as the voice of the devil,” Curtis recently said, “then it is a full-circle return for me. That would blow people’s minds.”

Of course, Curtis is currently wrapping up her seemingly endless battle against Michael Myers in Halloween Kills and next year’s final installment, Halloween Ends, due in theaters Oct. 14, 2022. All in all, not a bad little horror film career.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Jamie Lee Curtis, The Exorcist sequel and the Halloween franchise.

 

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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