The next season of The Exorcist TV series casts John Cho (Star Trek Beyond) and will reportedly be moving away from the setting of Chicago, as well as the characters that linked the show to the classic William Friedkin film. Along with a new plot arc, the remaining series regulars will be joined by a new cast member, Cho, that encountered similar demonic entities in Sleepy Hollow.
When FOX first ordered a series based on The Exorcist in 2016, many fans were skeptical that the spirit of the original movie and franchise could be turned into an ongoing show. The original 1973 film is a bona-fide classic, but (with the possible exception of The Exorcist III) the other cinematic sequels and prequels are generally regarded as critical and commercial disappointments. However, the show surprised many people by being pretty stylish and a very sturdy update to the original story by William Peter Blatty. The central story also won fans over by containing several shocking twists and some clever links to the original exorcism. It gathered enough of a following for Fox to renew the show for a second season, although it was also announced that the only cast members returning to the show would be the priestly group of Alfonso Herrera (Father Tomas Ortega), Kurt Egyiawan (Father Bennett) and Ben Daniels (Father Marcus Keane). The Rance family, who were the focus of the hellish shenanigans in the first season, were no longer part of the show.
Details of the upcoming second season have been sparse until now, but TVLine has just passed on the synopsis for the new story arc, as well as revealing a new cast member. The outline currently runs like this:
Father Ortega and the now collarless Keane find themselves out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Ultimately, the two men are led to Andrew Kim, a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew's care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.
Andrew Kim will be played by Cho, a regular from the first season of Sleepy Hollow, and also well-known as the current incarnation of Sulu in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films. While it's a little disappointing that Geena Davis and the Rance clan won't be appearing in the new season, it makes sense as their story was completed in a satisfactory manner. Also, Daniels and Herrera have proven that they have the chemistry and intensity to carry the show forward, as their characters face new demonic entities.
Showrunner Jeremy Slater previously assured fans that he is adamant that the new storyline will be just as gripping as the previous season, and is committed to continue to expand the satanic lore and ideas that were touched upon during that. Certainly, with the returning characters and new details, it looks like there is plenty of promise to build on the successful formula that is now in place. We'll bring you more information as we get it.
The Exorcist returns with season 2 on September 29th, 2017 on FOX.