Alex Essoe and Daniel Zovatto Join 'The Pope's Exorcist' to Play Russell Crowe's Role

Alex Essoe and Daniel Zovatto Join 'The Pope's Exorcist' to Play Russell Crowe's Role ...

The Popes Exorcist, an Oscar-winning film, will feature two new co-stars, according to Deadline. Alex Essoe (Midnight Mass) and Daniel Zovatto (Station Eleven) will join Russell Crowe in the Julius Avery-helmed spooky feature.

Father Gabriele Amorth's memoirs, An Exorcist Tells His Story, and An Exorcist: More Stories, will strip the plot of the Pope's Exorcist from his real life experiences. Father Amorth would perform tens of thousands of exorcisms, but they would not be completed until after his death.

He was so successful at his job that he was appointed the official exorcist for the Diocese of Rome, and he was given the title of the Vatican's Chief Exorcist, based on his belief that William Friedkins The Exorcist was factual, although it had some over-the-top effects. As of right now, we do not know who Essoe and Zovatto will play.

The screenplay for this film has been in the works for a number of years, while Evan Spiliotopoulos is just beginning to complete the film. Chuck Maclean has written the most recent draft of the screenplay.

Both Essoe and Zovatto are familiar with the supernatural horror genre, gaining their experience in the directors feature length telling of Stephen Kings Doctor Sleep, which was a followup to The Shining. As for Avery, he's had his hands full with a slew of projects over the past several years, including the 2018 history meets zombie flick, Overlord, which starred Joseph Quinn and the Ewan McGregor starring 2014 thriller, Samaritan.

Zovatto's most recent project was HBO Maxs Station Eleven, in which he played a too-close-to-home Earth wiping pandemic plot in the one-season supernatural series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Both actors have previously appeared in Greta Gerwig's solo film, Lady Bird.

Doug Belgrad, Jesus & Marys Michael Patrick Kaczmarek, Worldwide Katzs Jeff Katz, and Eddie Siebert of Loyola Productions will direct the production of The Popes Exorcist. Screen Gems Scott Strauss, Michael Bitar, and Giselle Johnson will direct.

The Popes Exorcist hasn't announced a release date right now. Check out a teaser for Avery's next action thriller, Samaritan below: