“The Pope’s Exorcist” Finds Russell Crowe as the Vatican’s Demon Slayer

Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe) has a highly specific and unsettling job—he’s the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican. If you’re the chief demon slayer for the Vatican, you’re likely going to be a busy man, and that is indeed the case for Father Amorth.

In the first trailer for The Pope’s Exorcist, Crowe inhabits Father Amorth as he takes on the case of a young boy’s horrifying possession, and his investigation leads to a secret the Vatican has been trying to keep for centuries. What gives the film some added demonic umph is that it’s inspired on the true story of Father Amorth, based on his own stories, about performing more than 100,000 exorcisms for the Vatican.

The film comes from director Julius Avery (Overlord), from an original script from Michael Petroni and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and is based on the books “An Exorcist Tells His Story” and “An Exorcist: More Stories” by Father Amorth himself.

Joining Crowe is a performer with one of the all-time great voices in cinema, Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Green Knight) who will be voicing the demon. Crowe and Ineson are joined by Franco Nero (Django, John Wick: Chapter 2), Laurel Marsden (Ms. Marvel), Cornell S. John (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald), Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep), Daniel Zovotta (It Follows), and Peter DeSouza-Feighoney.

Check out the trailer below. The Pope’s Exorcist possesses theaters on April 14.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe), The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.

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Featured image: Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe) in Screen Gems’ THE POPE’S EXORCIST.


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