Jeremy Slater is set as writer, with Rupert Wyatt directing. They will executive produce, along with Rolin Jones, James Robinson, David Robinson, and Barbara Wall.
Here is the press release with more information:
FOX Pilot Casting: THE EXORCIST
FOX and TCFTV are very excited to confirm that Academy Award winner Geena Davis has been cast in the series regular role of “Angela Rance” in our drama pilot THE EXORCIST from 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Morgan Creek Productions.
Davis is represented by: CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, THE EXORCIST is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
The pilot is written by Jeremy Slater and will be directed by Rupert Wyatt. Slater, Wyatt, Rolin Jones, James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall are executive producers.
Naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, Angela Rance does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.
GEENA DAVIS BIOGRAPHY
Academy Award winner Geena Davis, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, is recognized for her tireless advocacy of gender equality in media nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is successfully influencing film and television content creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters – and reduce gender stereotyping – in media targeting children 11 and under.
In 2015, Davis launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), an unprecedented initiative in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry and serves as its Co-Founder and Chair. BFF provides a platform to significantly boost the commercial value of content produced by and starring minorities and women. This initiative is the only film festival in the world to provide guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and home entertainment distribution for the winners.
In 2012, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.
As an actor, Davis has appeared in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in the network drama series “Commander in Chief.”
In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Accidental Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as “Thelma” in Ridley Scott’s “Thelma and Louise.” Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her work in “A League of Their Own.” Other credits include iconic films such as “Tootsie,” “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Stuart Little.”
Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an award-winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time, the nation’s 13th-ranked archer, and a semi-finalist in the Olympic Trials), and a member of the genius society Mensa. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.
This marks the latest horror classic to be adapted as a TV series. Psycho prequel Bates Motel began its fourth season, last night on A&E. The series premiere of Damien, a sequel to The Omen feature film, followed immediately after.
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