The prequel to the movie Orphan will explore the origins of Esther and her homicidal tendencies: we now have the first trailer.

Released in 2009, Orphan was one of the first big successes for director Jaume Collet-Serra, who went on to direct several films with Liam Neeson as well as the terrific shark attack thriller The Shallows. His next film will see him reunite with his Jungle Cruise star Dwayne Johnson for DC’s Black Adam, which is set to be released in the UK on the 21st October.

Though he isn’t returning to the director’s chair this time around, Orphan: First Kill will explore the origins of the unsettling Esther (I won’t spoil the first film for those that haven’t seen it, suffice it to say that it is well worth going into knowing as little as possible).

The official synopsis reads as follows:

Esther’s terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit, Orphan. After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Yet, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous child at any cost.

Original star Isabelle Fuhrman is reprising her role as Esther, the filmmakers used production wizardry to de-age her. Starring alongside her are Rossif Sutherland and Julia Stiles.

Directing this time around is William Brent Bell, a horror veteran whose films include Stay Alive and The Boy. The script has been written by David Coggeshall, best known for writing episodes of the Scream television series.

Orphan: First Kill will be released in the UK on the 19th August. Watch the trailer below…

 

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