Throughout his illustrious decades-long career in Hollywood, Russell Crowe has embodied a diverse range of characters who have engaged in epic on-screen showdowns. Crowe’s characters have instilled fear and anxiety in the hearts of many foes – from facing ferocious tigers to battling as a mighty gladiator and even relentlessly pursuing a man who dared to steal a loaf of bread. However, if the trailer for Julius Avery’s upcoming supernatural horror feature, The Pope’s Exorcist, is to go by, the glimpse offers Crowe’s showdown with a mighty devil.

As the titular character, Crowe embodies a fearsome and imposing presence who is facing a malevolent force that threatens to unleash chaos upon the world. With director Avery (Son of a Gun, Samaritan) at the helm, the film promises to be a thrilling ride, tailor-made for both fans of the horror genre and Crowe himself.

Russell Crowe takes on the role of Father Gabriele Amorth, a renowned figure in the Catholic Church who held the prestigious position of the Pope’s personal exorcist. This name may ring a bell for horror enthusiasts who know of William Friedkin’s 2017 documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth.

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In The Pope’s Exorcist, director Julius Avery returns to the horror genre after the success of his zombie flick Overlord. The film presents a unique blend of historical setting and supernatural horror as Father Amorth faces off against a young boy’s possession. While rooted in a real-world context, the trailer hints at a tongue-in-cheek, self-aware romp with plenty of spooky shenanigans. The line “You have a problem with me, you talk to my boss: The Pope” promises to deliver a satisfying horror experience without taking itself too seriously.

Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe leads an impressive cast that includes Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), Alex Essoe (Midnight Mass), Laurel Marsden (Ms. Marvel), Cornell S. John (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), and Franco Nero (Django), who together create a formidable ensemble of talent. Adding to the eeriness is Ralph Ineson (The Witch), who lends his voice to the demonic entity, elevating the film’s ominous and haunting atmosphere.

The Pope’s Exorcist releases in movie theatres on April 14th, 2023.

Watch the trailer for The Pope’s Exorcist here:

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