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?