Anthony Hopkins Will Play an Exorcism Expert in 'The Rite'
by Ethan Anderton
February 25, 2010
Even at 72 years old, veteran British actor Anthony Hopkins shows no signs of slowing down. Fresh off the release of The Wolfman earlier this month Hopkins will soon be seen as Odin, father to Marvel's thunder god hero Thor, not to mention taking a role in Woody Allen's next film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Now Heat Vision says Hopkins will star in the supernatural thriller The Rite. Adapted from the novel by Matt Baglio, and based on true events (creepy), the film follows a disillusioned American seminary student attending an exorcism school at the Vatican who finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces.
Hopkins will play a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are a bit unorthodox. The book was adapted from Michael Petroni who has written a wide variety of adaptations like Queen of the Damned, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and the forthcoming third installment of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Hopkins is certainly a phenomenal actor, but recently Hopkins hasn't chosen great roles, with his last great performance being a reprise of his Oscar winning role as Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon. Hopefully this bout of newer projects will serve as a bit of a new revival, but only time will tell.
New Line is developing the project with producers Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom, of Derailed, 1408, and the upcoming Shanghai, is directing. Stay tuned for more updates on this.