Ann Dowd Joins Cast Of Sequel To Horror Classic ‘The Exorcist’

by Thomas Tuna

Another team member signs on for the fight against the devil.

Emmy Award winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) will join Leslie Odom Jr. and Ellen Burstyn in the first of three planned sequels to the iconic 1973 The Exorcist, according to a report on Deadline.

The first sequel, as explained, will deal with “the father (Odom) of a possessed child, who tracks down Chris MacNeil (Burstyn).” No other plot details have been announced, and Dowd’s character was not revealed.

The sequel–from Universal Pictures, Peacock and Blumhouse–is directed by David Gordon Green from a story he wrote with Scott Teems, Danny McBride and Peter Sattler. Jason Blum will produce for Blumhouse, along with David and James Robinson. The first film is scheduled for an Oct. 13, 2023 theatrical release.

The original The Exorcist–directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty–follows a mother’s struggles to save her 12-year-old daughter from a demonic possession through an exorcism performed by two priests.

That film–the first horror movie nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award–stars Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb and Jason Miller.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this sequel to The Exorcist.


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