The devil you say! Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis wants to lend her vocal chops to the upcoming sequel of the iconic The Exorcist.
The face of the Halloween franchise this week said she would like to voice the possessing demon (one must assume there will be one) in the upcoming film, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly. It would be an interesting change from her always-being-stalked Laurie Strode persona.
Believe it or not, Curtis admitted that scary movies are not easy for her to watch. “I’m brave,” she said, “but I am afraid of scary things. When I was 15, my parents (Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, for anyone who may have been living in a cave for the last 50 years) screened The Exorcist, and my friends teased me the next day because I was so freaked out.”
So, she has now reasoned, those feelings could come home to roost with her playing a demon in The Exorcist. And, since David Gordon Green is helming the sequel (the same director responsible for the current Halloween final trilogy), Curtis would seem to have some leverage.
“Maybe I should be the voice of the devil, like Mercedes McCambridge (whose remarkable voice came out the possessed Regan MacNeil in the original film),” she said. “If David gives me the part in the Exorcist trilogy as the voice of the devil, then it is a full-circle return for me. That would blow people’s minds.”
And what does the director think of all this? Green acknowledged that Curtis has not as yet approached him with the idea, adding that, “I’ll have to get her to audition for that one. She did the crying baby for the last Halloween movie, so she’s a talented voice actor as well.”
This Exorcist sequel from Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek Entertainment already has landed Ellen Burstyn–to reprise her role as Regan’s embattled mother Chris–and Leslie Odom Jr. to play the father of a possessed child who seeks Chris’ help. The film is slated to debut Oct. 13, 2023.
The original 1973 The Exorcist–directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty–details a mother’s struggles to save her 12-year-old daughter from a demonic possession through a horrifying exorcism performed by two priests. The Exorcist was the first horror movie nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.
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