It’s been over a decade since the release of ORPHAN, but a prequel to the horror thriller is already shooting in Winnipeg, Canada under the direction of William Brent Bell (BRAHMS: THE BOY II). Deadline has reported that Julia Stiles (JASON BOURNE) has joined the cast of ORPHAN: FIRST KILL, and also confirms that Isabelle Fuhrman has returned to play Esther, the titular orphan who isn’t exactly what she appears to be.
ORPHAN: FIRST KILL was scripted by David Coggeshall (Scream) and will follow Esther/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 it’s been over a decade since Fuhrman last played the character, Deadline says that the filmmakers will be using “forced perspective shooting and a world-class makeup team” in order to help the actress bring the character to life once again. Should be interesting. Although I haven’t seen the original film for myself, it has developed something of a cult following over the years; perhaps I’ll have to check it out.
Julia Stiles was last seen in HUSTLERS alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B, and also stars in Riviera, the Sky Atlantic TV series Riviera as Georgina Clios, an American art curator whose life has been turned upside down after the death of her billionaire husband. Georgina soon becomes immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing, and crime. As for Isabelle Fuhrman, she will next be seen in ESCAPE ROOM 2, which is slated to be released early next year.