Exorcist, The: Sequel to Star Leslie Odom Jr. and Ellen Burstyn

Leslie Odom Jr., Ellen Burstyn to Star in ‘The Exorcist’ Sequel

Blumhouse and Morgan Creek are reviving the iconic horror franchise with a trilogy of movies in partnership with Universal and Peacock, with the first to roll out theatrically in Oct. 2023.

Leslie Odom Jr. is set to star in the coming reboot of The Exorcist from Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions, in partnership with Universal and Peacock.

Ellen Burstyn will also reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, with David Gordon Green set to direct the first of three planned movies. Universal and Peacock acquired the worldwide rights to create new IP based on The Exorcist franchise in partnership with Blumhouse and Morgan Creek.

The first film in the planned trilogy will be released theatrically on October 13, 2023.

William Friedkin directed the original The Exorcist, which became a sensation in 1973 and went on to earn $193 million globally, making it the highest-grossing, R-rated horror movie of all time (it was dethroned by 2017’s It).


The story centered on a 12-year-old girl possessed by a mysterious entity and the lengths her mother and two Catholic priests go to in an attempt to save her. It was adapted from William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel and earned the author an Oscar for adapted screenplay.

The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture and best director, as well as acting nominations for Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and Linda Blair.

“There’s no better time to be joining forces with the team at Peacock, reuniting with the great team at Universal and finally getting to work with my friends at Blumhouse, than on this classic franchise,” David Robinson, Morgan Creek president said in a statement.