Geena Davis The Exorcist Fox
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Geena Davis has been cast in “The Exorcist,” Fox’s reboot of the iconic horror movie, Variety has learned.

A modernized TV take on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 book and the film, Fox’s “Exorcist” is a serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil. Davis will play Angela Rance, who is described as regal and proud, but weighed down by stress. She does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.


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Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka and Kurt Egyiawan are also series regulars in the drama pilot with Herrera and Daniels both playing the lead priests.

An Academy Award winner, Davis marks the latest movie star to make her way to television, as seen in the past few TV seasons, which have drawn film talent. Most known for “Thelma & Louise” and “A League of Their Own,” Davis has had her fair share of work on the small screen. She toplined ABC drama “Commander in Chief” in 2005 and recently returned to TV with a long arc on “Grey’s Anatomy.”


In an effort to attract viewers in the "too much TV" era, networks have been scrambling for appealing projects, sparking another year of reboot mania. Television and movie revivals have taken over the past couple of pilot seasons, as broadcasters are turning to familiar titles and brand recognition, in hopes of luring in big audiences amidst the highly competitive television landscape.
However, with a reboot comes the risk of high audience expectation. This current TV season, Fox took a try at a "Minority Report" TV spin, which was quickly cut to 10 episodes after underperforming. "Limitless," which brought back the movie's star Bradley Cooper for a few scenes, has been a hit at CBS, which is also debuting "Rush Hour" in March. Also coming up is ABC's diverse take on "Uncle Buck," based on the John Candy flick. And cable networks are also in on the trend -- just this week, USA Network picked up "Shooter," based on the Mark Wahlberg drama.
With many reboots already on the schedule, it appears everything old is still new again, as this year's crop of pilots show no signs of stopping the nostalgia frenzy.

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“The Exorcist” pilot was written by Jeremy Slater and will be directed by Rupert Wyatt. Both will serve as exec producers, along with Rolin Jones, James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall. 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions are producing.

Davis is repped CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

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