SYFY UNLEASHES THE EXORCIST IN UK PREMIERE
10-PART SERIES STARS GEENA DAVIS, ALAN RUCK, ALFONSO HERRERA AND BEN DANIELS
NBC Universal International Networks today announced the acquisition of THE EXORCIST – the new TV series acquired from 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. THE EXORCIST will air exclusively on Syfy in the UK this autumn, more than four decades after the Academy Award®-nominated film – widely regarded as one of the greatest horror movies ever made – was originally released, breaking box office records and terrifying audiences the world over.
This 10-episode television series is not a remake of the 1973 film, but a new chapter which takes place in Chicago, 40 years after the events depicted in the film. THE EXORCIST stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-winner Geena Davis (The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ghost Town, Twister), Ben Daniels (Law & Order UK, House of Cards), Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen), Brianne Howey (Scream Queens) Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters) and Kurt Eqyiawan (Beasts of No Nation). The series is executive produced by Jeremy Slater, Emmy® Award nominee Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds), Rupert Wyatt, Roy Lee (Hidden, Run All Night), James Robinson (Dream House), David Robinson (Dream House, The Good Shepherd) and Barbara Wall (Boss).
“Securing the UK premiere of THE EXORCIST is a major coup for Syfy and an ideal fit for the channel brand where viewers are encouraged to imagine greater,” comments Colin McLeod, MD, UK & Emerging Markets, NBCUniversal International Networks. “With its exceptional production values and stellar all-star cast, this exciting acquisition underlines our commitment to delivering our viewers bold, daring and must-see content.”
David Smyth, Senior Vice President, Sales and Development at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution commented: “We are proud to partner with NBCUniversal International Networks in bringing THE EXORCIST to the UK, and are delighted to have it premiere on Syfy as it’s the perfect home for this thrilling new series. It is a brilliant next chapter of one of the world’s most iconic horror stories that will satiate the original fans, and inspire new ones to discover what makes THE EXORICIST narrative so captivating.”
Syfy is the home of provocative and inspiring science fiction entertainment – where viewers go to reinterpret and reimagine the world as they know it – bringing the extraordinary into the ordinary. Syfy brings unique, high-calibre content to its viewers so they can escape and imagine greater.
THE EXORCIST is a psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) 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, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. Father Marcus Brennan (Ben Daniels) 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 (Alan Ruck), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter Katherine (Brianne Howey) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, Casey (Hannah Kasulka) thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother Angela (Geena Davis) 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 mobilising for centuries.
The Exorcist airs on SyFy (Sky channel 114 and Virgin Media channel 135) from Wednesday 19th October 2016.
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