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New Line talking to ‘Rite’ thesp

O'Donoghue near deal to co-star in exorcism drama

Colin O’Donoghue (“The Tudors”) is in final talks for New Line’s exorcism drama “The Rite” opposite Anthony Hopkins.

Contrafilm’s Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing and Mikael Hafstrom is directing from Michael Petroni’s screenplay.

Story centers on a seminary student who attends exorcism school and Hopkins will play an expert in exorcisms. Script’s adapted from Matt Baglio’s “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist.”

Christy Fletcher is co-producing, and New Line’s Richard Brener and Merideth Finn are overseeing. O’Donoghue, who plays Duke Philip of Bavaria in “The Tudors,” is repped by IFA.

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