11 years after the release of horror-thriller Orphan, comes word that the prequel is now being filmed.
Titled Orphan: First Kill (previously titled Esther), the follow-up to the 2009 film is coming from Entertainment One and Dark Castle Entertainment, with original film’s star Isabelle Fuhrman reprising her role as Esther. Also set to star is Julia Stiles, whose many credits include four Jason Bourne movies, Hustlers and Silver Linings Playbook.
Deadline broke the casting news, reporting that the plot will follow Leena Klammer as she…
… orchestrates a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Leena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.
As for how Fuhrman – now at 23 years of age – will be embodying the character again, the filmmakers are reportedly using “a combination of forced perspective shooting and a world-class makeup team.”
Orphan: First Kill is being directed by William Brent Bell, known for Stay Alive, The Devil Inside, The Boy and Brahms: The Boys II. The screenplay comes from David Coggeshall, who penned 2013 horror sequel The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia and was a staff writer on MTV’s Scream: The TV Series.
The original film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Non-Stop) and had Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard playing a couple who adopt a mysterious nine-year-old girl. Suffice it to say, the girl had a number of dark surprises in store for them, include a whopper of a final reveal. The film made close to $US78 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $US20 million.