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#SDCC15: Damien Trailer Reintroduces You to the Devil’s Favorite Son

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When we first heard about A&E’s “Damien,” the series was billed as a direct sequel to the 1976 classic The Omen. We of course couldn’t help but wonder how much of a connection it would actually have to Richard Donner’s film, but now that the trailer has arrived, we’re pleasantly surprised.

In addition to debuting the first trailer, seen below, THR also spoke with showrunner Glen Mazzara, who teased what we can expect from “Damien.”

I think Damien is cutting-edge material,” said Mazzara. “It’s trying to push the boundaries as far as violence and horror go. There’s a lot of really great drama on TV, and that was not the case in 1976 when the film came out. So the bar is set so high given other great horror shows that are on TV.”

We see the series as a sequel to that original movie,” he continued. “We’re not using the second and third movies as part of our bible. Fans of that first movie will also be interested in finding out where Damien’s been for those missing 25 years since the last time we saw him when he was a boy and meeting him now. We’ll definitely give fans information on where he’s been.”

It will make sense with everything that comes in the first movie,” the former “The Walking Dead” showrunner elaborated. “There are little nods to the second and third movies, but we’re not following the events of the second and third movies. We spent a lot of time trying to make sure that our characters and the horror felt like they were coming from that world.”

Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think!

“Damien” stars Bradley James as Damien Thorn. Barbara Hershey co-stars as Ann Rutledge, the world’s most powerful woman, who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi portrays Amani Golkar, a close colleague of Damien’s whose fierce loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is. Meganlyn Echikunwoke plays Simone Baptiste, a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when tragedy unexpectedly strikes. Scott Wilson, who worked with Mazzara on “The Walking Dead,” where he portrayed fan favorite Hershel Greene, guest stars.

The first season of the series, from Glen Mazzara and Fox 21 TV Studios, will include ten episodes.  In his TV directing debut, Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will helm and executive produce the first episode.

“Damien,” slated to premiere in 2016, is written and executive produced by Mazzara via his 44 Strong Productions.

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