Ian McKellen to voice The Exorcist's Demon

Reporter: Robin Johnson, first published Fri 13 Oct 2017 12:03
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Legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist this month as the voice of the Demon, it has been announced.

McKellen's devilish new role can be witnessed from 20 October at the Phoenix Theatre, when the stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience.

You can also get a sneak preview of McKellen's voice in the show's trailer below:

Directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier, The Exorcist will also star Chris MacNeil opposite Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Elliot Harper as Father Joe, Isla Lindsay as Sharon, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Tristram Wymark as Burke and Clare Louise Connolly as Regan.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

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