Italian actor Franco Nero (John Wick: Chapter 2, Django Unchained) has joined the cast of The Pope’s Exorcist, a supernatural horror film based on the life of Father Gabriele Amorth, an Italian priest who performed over 100,000 exorcisms for the Vatican.
Nero will play the titular pope, starring opposite Russell Crowe as Father Amorth. Other new additions to the cast include Laurel Marsden (Ms. Marvel), Cornell S. John (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), and Peter DeSouza-Feighoney, joining the previously announced Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows).
Julius Avery (Overlord) is directing The Pope’s Exorcist. The current draft of the script was penned by Evan Spiliotopoulos, with revisions by Chuck MacLean, and was based on a script by Chester Hastings and R. Dean McCreary, which was revised by Michael Petroni.
The real Father Amorth passed away in 2016. He was 91.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)