Actress Jennifer Nettles Joins ‘The Exorcist’ Reboot
Variety has just reported that actress Jennifer Nettles will be joining the cast of The Exorcist reboot in a major role. The film will be part of a new trilogy and she joins a cast that includes Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd, Lidya Jewett, and Ellen Burstyn, who is reprising her role as Chris MacNeil from the 1973 original.
The new take on the possession story is being produced by Blumhouse and Morgan Creek for Universal and Peacock. The first film in the trilogy will be released theatrically on Oct. 13, 2023. Nettles is known for both her acting and her music. She most recently played Jenna Hunterson in the Broadway musical “Waitress.” Nettles also appears on HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones” and had a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Harriet Tubman biopic, “Harriet.” She is a judge on TBS’ competition series “Go-Big Show” and will host Fox’s “The Farmer Wants a Wife.”
The original 1973 film, “The Exorcist,” grossed over $441 million to date and raised the bar in terms of horror with its story of a young girl possessed by satanic forces. David Gordon Green, who previously updated the “Halloween” franchise, is directing the first film in the new trilogy. Scott Teems, Danny McBride and Green, all of whom were previously enlisted to reinvigorate Michael Myers in the “Halloween” movies, teamed up for the story. It’s being penned by Peter Sattler and Green. Jason Blum will produce on behalf of Blumhouse. David Robinson and James Robinson will produce for Morgan Creek. Green, McBride and Couper Samuelson will executive produce. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.