Again in July, we realized that whereas Linda Blair doesn’t star in The Exorcist: Believer, she did function a technical advisor on the upcoming horror reboot (hitting theaters in all places October 6).
Blair, in fact, performed the character of Regan MacNeil — the possessed woman within the 1973 unique and its weird sequel — which made her uniquely certified to supply fixed recommendation to the undertaking’s younger leads: Lidya Jewett and Olivia O’Neill. Certainly, you would be hard-pressed to discover a higher one who actually understands what it is wish to be an harmless teenage woman spewing unimaginable profanities, taunts, and even torrents of pea soup at involved dad and mom, monks, and medical professionals.
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Director, co-writer, and govt producer David Gordon Inexperienced (Halloween) lately elaborated on Blair’s invaluable and empathetic enter throughout principal images whereas breaking down the newest trailer for the great of us over at Fandango.
What did Linda Blair contribute to The Exorcist: Believer?
“It was wonderful to have Linda as a marketing consultant,” he mentioned. “She was very useful in attempting to navigate the psychology of our younger expertise. Lidya and Olivia had been wonderful younger actresses to work with — and we’re asking them to go to very harmful, very provocative, very non secular locations. From a psychological standpoint, we wished to try this as safely as we may … The truth that Linda had blazed this path earlier than was actually precious to all of us in attempting to set a very wholesome path to go to a reasonably weird place.”
The Halloween filmmaker additionally revealed that Jewett and O’Neill needed to endure practically three hours within the make-up chair for the assorted facial disfigurements required for a demonic takeover of the human physique.
“We’re coping with an infection, irritation — all these horrendous, bodily attributes which might be coming from this possession,” he defined. “The concept of two-and-a-half hours of make-up for these younger performers to endure…if you did not have that spirit, that vitality, that sense of character and that sense of understanding of what we’re going by way of to create this, it might’ve been a nightmare. However Lidya and Olivia had been wonderful and up for the problem and actually delivered.”
Watch David Gordon Inexperienced break down The Exorcist: Believer trailer
Take a look at a first-look clip from The Exorcist: Believer
When does The Exorcist: Believer open in theaters?
The Exorcist: Believer will possess the large display on Friday, October 6 — per week sooner than initially deliberate (you’ll be able to thank Taylor Swift for the date change). Click on right here to land some tickets. Holy water, crucifix, and rosary beads bought individually.
Two sequels have already been green-lit. The primary of the pair, formally titled The Exorcist: Deceiver, is presently scheduled to rise from the depths of Hell on April 18, 2025. A title and launch date for the third entry have but to be introduced.
Craving some demonic thrills within the meantime? Head over to Peacock for The Exorcist III and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.