Anthony Hopkins Exorcises Demons in ‘The Rite’

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As the sophisticated cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins brought to life one of film’s most terrifying faces of evil. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Hopkins will turn his talents toward fighting evil as a priest specializing in exorcisms for the supernatural thriller, The Rite.

The Rite, which is allegedly based on true events, follows “a disillusioned American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican and ultimately finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces.” Hopkins will presumably play an older, more experienced priest who schools the young seminarian in the ways of kicking Satan’s ass.

The film is being directed by Mikael Hafstrom, who has previously helmed the John Cusack creeepfest 1408, as well as the Swedish film Evil, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2004. Besides Hafstrom, the rest of the above the line talent on the film includes Contrafilm’s Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson as producers, Michael Petroni as screenwriter, and Christy Fletcher as executive producer. The Rite is being distributed by New Line.

There are only a few actors in Hollywood that are capable of giving a movie an immediate sense of gravitas, and Anthony Hopkins is one of them. Given his involvement, as well as the fact that a capable director like Hafstrom is behind the camera, the odds are looking good that The Rite will be a pretty decent horror flick.

Personally, movies that involve demonic possession scare the crap out of me. Even though not all of them are good (Exorcist: The Beginning = Bad, The Exorcism of Emily Rose = Decent, The Exorcist = Amazing), I guess that the idea of El Diablo taking over my body and forcing me to thrash about wildly while speaking in tongues just freaks me out.

What do you think? Do movies about exorcism scare you, or am I just being a baby? Also, does Anthony Hopkins exorcising demons sound like a winning idea, or are you too excited about seeing him as Odin in Thor to think about anything else?

Source: THR

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  1. As a Catholic, I wanted to know how a modern day priest was being trained at the Vatican to exorcise people. So I read the book hesitantly at first thinking the subject matter would scare me. But it didn't. In fact, I laughed through much of it. The priests are like children with active imaginations, and they have no discernment skills.

    Not that I don't believe Satan does not exist. Evil personified does exist. But I don't think any of these priests ever met up with him or his other fallen angels.

    In the back of the book, the author indicates one of the priests that makes the most outlandish claims isn't even identified by his real name! So much for transparency and credibility.

    If Hopkin's plays the part of the “teacher” of a “young” priest, it would be silly. Both teacher and student in this book are middle aged men. Hopkins could more easily play the part of the student exorcist priest. Already, Hollywood has distorted the issue.

    I don't expect much from this movie (and the book was only good for its history of exorcism, and the author's detailed research into the subject). I like Anthony Hopkins – if he plays the part of the older teacher… it would be a shame. The Vatican must have real connections to pull that off!

  2. At the moment I'm much more interested in Sir Anthony playing “Allfather” Odin in the upcoming Thor movie.

    Be it in Marvel comics or norse mythology more generally Odin is an awesomely powerful, truly majestic and imposing entity. I hope the film conveys this.

    I'm a long time Odin/Thor fan fic writer. If you get a chance, check out some of my (predominantly) Thor fan fic:

    http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1276881/David_Scholes

    I'm also an Australian science fiction writer:

    http://www.StrategicBookPublishing.com/ScienceFictiona...

    http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Reading-Science

    Cheers

  3. I'll defer to Anthony Hopkins' judgement and history of choosing great roles in great films. I don't think there's an exorcism movie that has come close to the visceral darkness portrayed in the 1974 “The Exorcist”.

    If Anthony Hopkins sees enough promise in this film to be a part of it when he has so many other offers to choose from, I have to believe that it'll be worth watching.

  4. I'll defer to Anthony Hopkins' judgement and history of choosing great roles in great films. I don't think there's an exorcism movie that has come close to the visceral darkness portrayed in the 1974 “The Exorcist”.

    If Anthony Hopkins sees enough promise in this film to be a part of it when he has so many other offers to choose from, I have to believe that it'll be worth watching.

  5. @ Cradle Catholic. I do have the same question like you. How do they train modern priest about exorcism. I watch exorcism of emily rose and if i'm not mistaken there was a part when they were trying to debate if exocism was allowed by the church. I think in the seminary they do discuss this issues.

  6. @ Cradle Catholic. I do have the same question like you. How do they train modern priest about exorcism. I watch exorcism of emily rose and if i'm not mistaken there was a part when they were trying to debate if exocism was allowed by the church. I think in the seminary they do discuss this issues.