Russell Crowe is back on the hunt for demons in first look at new horror movie with a killer Hollywood premise

Russell Crowe in The Exorcism
(Image credit: Vertical Entertainment)

Fresh off his turn as Father Gabriele Amorth in The Pope’s Exorcist, Russell Crowe is back on the hunt for demons – with a premise slightly closer to the actor’s usual surroundings than the Vatican.

As per Deadline, Crowe will star in The Exorcism as a "troubled actor" shooting a supernatural horror film. As production progresses, his daughter is worried whether he’s "slipping back into past addictions" – or if there’s something more sinister beneath the surface.

The Exorcism will be released in theaters on June 7, while horror streaming service Shudder has inked a deal that will enable it to show the movie first on streaming.

The first look at The Exorcism, which you can see above, shows a sweaty and slightly bloody Crowe looking flustered.

Crowe, perhaps not tired of scooting around Europe banishing evil on a Vespa, will also be back for a sequel to 2023’s The Pope’s Exorcist

One thing the Australian actor won’t be appearing in, though, is the Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Gladiator. 

"They should be fucking paying me for the amount of questions I am asked about a film I am not even in," Crowe told journalists last year at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (H/T Variety). "It has nothing to do with me. In that world, I am dead. Six feet under. But I do admit to a certain tinge of jealousy, because it reminds me of when I was younger and what it meant for me, in my life."

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Bradley Russell

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