‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Trailer: Ellen Burstyn Returns In David Gordon Green’s Revival Of Classic Horror Franchise

Is 50 years long enough to wait for a reboot? While David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer is billed as a direct sequel to the 1973 classic, that it’s ignoring every other sequel or prequel tells you that this is more of a do-over. The hope is that it’ll go better than his recent Halloween trilogy, which ended on a bum note.

A new trailer has arrived that reveals more of the horror film’s plot, revolving around two girls who are possessed by the same demon from the original. Connecting the threads is Ellen Burstyn who returns as Chris MacNeil. She’s joined in the cast by Leslie Odom, Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Lidya Jewett, and Olivia O’Neill.

Here’s the synopsis: Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr.; One Night in Miami, Hamilton) has raised their daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett, Good Girls) on his own. But when Angela and her friend Katherine (newcomer Olivia O’Neill), disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil. For the first time since the 1973 film, Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, an actress who has been forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.

The Exorcist: Believer hits theaters on October 6th.

Travis Hopson
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