Some months ago, we reported the official announcement of a prequel to 1976’s classic The Omen. At the time principal photography had already been complete, but very little was known about the project besides a few attached names.
However, since the project had been in the works since 2016, this was still exciting news, even if the details were lacking. But now we are thrilled to say that we have those details for you, along with a theatrical release date!
Arkasha Stevenson will make her feature debut with the prequel, from a script she wrote alongside Keith Thomas and Tim Smith. The cast will be headed by actress Nell Tiger Fee, alongside Ralph Ineson and Bill Nighy in prominent roles.
Despite previously not knowing any plot details outside of the prequel aspect, the newly released logline gives us a hint at what to expect from The First Omen:
“A young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church. She encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.”
So, this does not sound like the Omen franchise’s iconic “devil kid” fodder, instead focusing on how that child came to be. Given that this is a prequel, we imagine we shouldn’t get our hopes up for an upbeat ending?
In a newly released still we can see Nell Tiger Fee in her noviciate garb, surrounded by candles as she stands before an altar. It all looks decidedly sinister and we can’t help but wonder if that altar isn’t the type used to worship something holy.
The First Omen is scheduled to hit theatres April 5th 2023 from 20th Century Studios, having previously been thought to go directly to streaming.
We’ll bring you any further updates as we have them, but we’re certainly curious to see how Damien Thorn came to be.