Isabelle Fuhrman to Reprise Role of Esther in Orphan Prequel
Orphan star Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Masters of Sex) is reprising her role as Esther in the upcoming prequel Orphan: First Kill. Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles (Dexter, Riviera) has reportedly also joined the project that is being directed by William Brent Bell (The Boy, Brahms: The Boy II, Stay Alive), according to Deadline.
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The outlet adds that Bell is already shooting the prequel in Winnipeg and that the filmmakers will be utilizing a “combination of forced perspective shooting and a world-class makeup team” in order for Fuhrman to bring her Orphan character back to life in the prequel.
In Orphan: First Kill, written by David Coggeshall (Prey, Scream: The TV Series), Leena Klammer (Fuhrman) 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.
The movie comes from Entertainment One and Dark Castle Entertainment. Producers include Dark Castle’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff, and Ethan Erwin as well as James Tomlinson, with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick serving as executive producer. Jen Gorton and Josie Liang will oversee for eOne.
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The first Orphan movie debuted in 2009 and also starred Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard as a wife and husband who adopt a nine-year-old girl after losing their baby, though she’s not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick from a story by Alex Mace.