There is no horror fan who still doesn’t cringe at the iconic images of Linda Blair’s tormented Regan MacNeil in 1973’s The Exorcist.
With the recent announcement–as reported here in Horror News Network–of the planned trilogy of films based on the terrifying original movie, one key question should hover over the entire project: Will Blair make an appearance (in some form) in the new films?
The three new films from Universal Pictures and Peacock–the first is slated for an Oct. 13, 2023 release–have already landed Ellen Burstyn to reprise her role as Regan’s embattled mother Chris. That’s all well and good, but what about Regan herself?
Well, according to a report on movieweb.com, the answer is a resounding: No one has asked me yet. The actress this week took to Twitter to post a photo of her pre-possessed Megan character, saying “as of now, there has not been any discussion about me participating or reprising my role.”
— Linda Blair (@RealLindaBlair) July 26, 2021
Blair added, “I wish all those involved the best, and I appreciate the loyalty and passion the fans have for The Exorcist and my character.”
Short and somewhat-less-than sweet, but the key phrase is “as of now.” If one were to read between the lines of that tweet, Blair seems to be holding out hope for such a “discussion”. Many fans surely share that hope.
What is known about the new films, at this point, is that David Gordon Green will direct, and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) will star as “the father of a possessed child. Desperate for help, he tracks down Burstyn’s character.”
Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek Entertainment are producing the trilogy, which reportedly will be a sequel to–not a reboot of–the classic The Exorcist.
The original film–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. Starring Burstyn, Blair, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb and Jason Miller, The Exorcist is the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this new trilogy sequel to The Exorcist.