‘The Ritual’: Dan Stevens And Al Pacino Play Troubled Priests In New Exorcism Film

You can’t miss Dan Stevens right now, as he’s currently got two movies competing against one another: Godzilla x Kong The New Empire, and horror flick Abigail. And coming right around the corner is another horror, Cuckoo. But Stevens already has his next film completed, and he’s sticking with the genre for exorcism film The Ritual, alongside Al Pacino.

In Variety‘s new profile piece on Stevens it’s revealed that he will star with the legendary Pacino in The Ritual, from XYZ Films and director David Midell, known for 2019’s The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, which is a really powerful film you should check out. Midell co-wrote The Ritual‘s screenplay with Enrico Natale.

Here’s the synopsis: Based on a true story, ‘The Ritual’ follows two priests—one questioning his faith (Stevens) and one reckoning with a troubled past (Pacino)—who must put aside their differences to save a possessed young woman through a difficult and dangerous series of exorcisms. The film is an authentic portrayal of Emma Schmidt, an American woman whose demonic possession culminated in harrowing exorcisms. Her case remains the most thoroughly documented exorcism in American history.

Also in the cast are Ben Foster, Ashley Greene, and Abigail Cowen.

Filming took place back in January, and a 2025 release is expected.


Travis Hopson
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