Fans of the iconic horror film “The Exorcist” have reason to rejoice as Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have announced the release date for the second installment in a new trilogy, titled “The Exorcist: Deceiver.” Directed by David Gordon Green, the highly anticipated sequel is scheduled for a wide release on April 18, 2025.
The news of the 2025 release comes hot on the heels of the unveiling of the first trailer for “The Exorcist: Believer,” the opening chapter of the trilogy. This first film, also directed by David Gordon Green, is set to hit theaters on October 13, promising to bring back the chilling horror that fans have come to love over the years.
In “The Exorcist: Believer,” audiences will witness the return of Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn in her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, marking the first time she has reprised the character since the original 1973 film. Burstyn’s character, Chris MacNeil, finds herself once again battling demons, adding an extra layer of nostalgia and excitement for long-time fans.
The original “The Exorcist,” directed by William Friedkin, is a classic horror masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Grossing over $441 million domestically during its impressive 48-year run, it remains the highest-grossing horror film in history. The story revolves around a 12-year-old girl possessed by an enigmatic entity, and the desperate attempts made by her mother and two Catholic priests to save her.
Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, the film adaptation earned Blatty an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and garnered a total of 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. The performances of Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair were also recognized with acting nominations.
In “The Exorcist: Believer,” the story centers around Victor Fielding, played by Leslie Odom Jr., who is raising his daughter Angela, portrayed by Lidya Jewett, after the tragic death of his wife 12 years earlier. As a chain of events unfolds, Victor is forced to confront the darkest forces of evil.
The talented cast of “The Exorcist: Believer” also includes Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, and Norbert Leo Butz. The screenplay is penned by Peter Sattler and David Gordon Green, based on a story by Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green.
The film is produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse, David Robinson and James G. Robinson for Morgan Creek Entertainment, with executive producers Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Stephanie Allain, Ryan Turek, and Atilla Yucer. The collaboration between Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Entertainment, in association with Rough House Pictures, ensures that “The Exorcist: Believer” promises to deliver an electrifying and terrifying experience to horror enthusiasts and cinephiles alike.
As fans eagerly anticipate the release of “The Exorcist: Believer” this October, the announcement of the upcoming sequel, “The Exorcist: Deceiver,” has ignited excitement and curiosity about the direction the trilogy will take. With Ellen Burstyn‘s return as Chris MacNeil and David Gordon Green’s direction, both films are poised to captivate audiences with gripping narratives and spine-chilling scares, paying homage to the beloved original while offering fresh and thrilling new chapters in the Exorcist saga. Horror aficionados can mark their calendars for these highly anticipated releases and prepare for a spine-tingling journey into the world of demonic possession and exorcisms once more.