April is set to be a month of chills and thrills as the religious-themed horror-thriller "The Pope's Exorcist" prepares to hit theaters and cinemas. Inspired by the memoirs of priest Gabriele Amorth, the former chief exorcist of the Vatican, the film promises to be a harrowing journey into the unknown.
Russell Crowe: A Notable Addition to the Cast
Russell Crowe, the acclaimed actor from epic spectacle "Gladiator" and other Oscar-winning classics such as "The Brilliant Mind" and "LA Confidential," brings his talent to the role of Gabriele Amorth, the controversial and popular figure who is said to have performed over 100,000 exorcisms until his death in 2016 at the age of 91.
The head exorcist of the Vatican, hardened Gabriele Amorth, is called to investigate the possession of a boy. Knowing that 98 percent of cases only require quality psychological help, he will be surprised to discover that the boy is indeed possessed by a demon, but also that the demon shares a long-hidden mystery with the Vatican and that his intentions are much worse than Amorth expected.
A Tale of Possession, Vatican Secrets, and Peril
The first trailer for the film was released yesterday, offering a glimpse into a world of terror, with a menacing demon, deeply buried Vatican secrets, and a danger that reaches even the Pope himself.
Directed by Julius Avery, the film also features a screenplay by Michael Petroni and Evan Spiliotopoulos, with legendary Italian actor Franco Nero playing the Pope and popular villain Ralph Ineson lending his distinctive voice to a creepy demon in a boy's body.
Inspired by Bestselling Memoirs
"The Pope's Exorcist" was inspired by the memoirs of Gabriele Amorth, "An Exorcist Tells" and "New Reports of an Exorcist," which quickly became international bestsellers. Amorth was born in Modena in 1925 and was ordained in 1954.
He became an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome at the age of 61 and went on to found the International Association of Exorcists, which he chaired until 2000. "The Pope's Exorcist" promises to be a harrowing journey into the unknown, inspired by the real-life experiences of a notable Vatican exorcist.
With a talented cast and a gripping storyline, the film is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.