It was back in December of 2007 when we learned that New Line was going to exorcism school. The studio had grabbed the rights to The Rite, "the true story of an American priest who studied at an exorcism school in Italy." While the lead has not been cast yet, The Hollywood Reporter'sHeat Vision Blog reports that Anthony Hopkins will co-star as "a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional." Talk about bang-on perfect and creepy casting.

The back story: journalist Matt Baglio got to shadow a young priest going through the exorcism school and training with a senior exorcist (enter Hopkins), where he got to experience exorcisms, some of which will be explored in the film. The flushed-out, inspirational summary for the thriller says The Rite will focus on "a disillusioned American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican and ultimately finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces." Nothing like a little head-spinnage to help a lad rediscover his faith.

Three years later, I still can't wrap my head around the idea of exorcism school and am dying to see more. Unfortunately, Mikael Hafstrom is directing, which could make this like 1408, or like the so terribly abysmal Derailed. Let's hope it's more like the former, and that they grab a great lead to help things along. Who do you think should star alongside Hopkins?
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