We recently discovered that Regan herself – Linda Blair – fancies a part in FOX’s upcoming TV series The Exorcist, but she is not the one who has been added to the cast today. Mouzam Makkar from The Vampire Diaries fame has just been confirmed as having a recurring role in the show as Father Tomas’s old flame Jessica.
Father Tomas Ortega is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. Father Marcus Brennan is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission.
Caught in the middle is the Rance family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, Henry Rance is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter Katherine has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, Casey, thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother Angela has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last.
Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries
The Exorcist’s pilot has received a surprisingly positive reception, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the series differs from the William Friedkin classic, and how it manages to stretch the events over a much longer period of time.
The Exorcist’s pilot will air on 23rd September on FOX.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)