We’re still kind of marveling at the fact that an exorcism flick starring Anthony Hopkins could fall on the mediocre side of the fence, but nevertheless, The Rite is on its way to home video and you can make up your own mind.
The flick starring Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, and Rutger Hauer, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on May 17th. The DVD will be home to some additional footage and the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will be rockin’ the aforementioned footage along with a “chilling alternate ending!” Excited, right?
Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.
Directed by Mikael Håfström, The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) are producing the film. The screenplay was penned by Michael Petroni (upcoming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), inspired by the book by Matt Baglio. Christy Fletcher and Emma Parry are co-producing. Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers.
Hopkins stars as Father Lucas. Making his feature film debut, O’Donoghue stars as Michael Kovak, the disillusioned American seminary student. Alice Braga plays the role of Angeline, a journalist in Rome doing research on exorcisms. Ciarán Hinds portrays Father Xavier. Toby Jones plays the role of Father Matthew, and veteran actor Rutger Hauer takes on the role of Michael’s father, Istvan Kovak.
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