The Pope’s Exorcist is to be directed by Overlord’s Julius Avery, dramatising the life of the Vatican’s chief exorcist – Russell Crowe is to star.

Russell Crowe has signed up to play Father Gabriele Amorth, a real figure from the pages of history who performed over 100,000 exorcisms throughout the course of his life. Amorth, a priest and chief exorcist for the Vatican, penned two memoirs about his battles with demons, entitled An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories. 

Screen Gems has acquired the rights to Amorth’s tales and have signed up Crowe to star with Avery in the director’s chair. 2018’s Overlord was a terrific piece of pulpy fun and if Avery can bring the same sense of imagination to his collaboration with Crowe in The Pope’s Exorcist, then we could be in for an entertaining story.

The film is set to shoot in Ireland this September.

Avery’s next film to land in front of audiences is Samaritan, an alternative take on the superhero thriller, featuring Sylvester Stallone. That film will release in September and will be among MGM’s first releases since its purchase by Amazon.

Crowe has recently completed what we can only imagine will be a brace of scene-stealing smaller roles in Thor: Love And Thunder and Kraven The Hunter. As for more on The Pope’s Exorcist, you can be assured we’ll bring back more news on this one as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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