Actors Sign Up For Adaptation Of ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’

A 2016 horror novel from New York Times best-selling author Grady Hendrix–My Best Friend’s Exorcism–is finally moving ahead with a film adaptation that was first hinted at three years ago.

News broke this week, as detailed by The Hollywood Reporter, that casting has begun in earnest. The novel’s group of friends will be portrayed by Elsie Fisher (Castle Rock), Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes), Cathy Ang (Over the Moon) and Rachel Ogechi Kanu.

The behind-the-camera talent for the film has a strong genre background, with director Damon Thomas (Penny Dreadful and Killing Eve) and producer Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day and Freaky). The screenplay was handled by Jenna Lamia, who also wore the hat of associate producer.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism–described as “an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist–combines “teen angst, adolescent drama and unspeakable horrors into a supernatural thriller,” according to the official description.

The story–set in 1988–follows high school sophomores and best friends Abby (played by Fisher) and Gretchen (played by Miller). “After an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different,” according to the synopsis. “She’s moody…irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby.”

Abby starts an investigation, which leads her to “some startling discoveries, and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”.

This is not Hendrix’ first foray into horror. Her other novels include Horrorstor (2014), We Sold Our Souls (2018) and this year’s The Final Girl Support Group (due out in July).

Production on the film has begun, so keep reading Horror News Network for updates on casting and a release date for My Best Friend’s Exorcism.

Thomas Tuna
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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