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Isabelle Fuhrman is back as Esther for the “ORPHAN” prequel *UPDATED*

Monday, November 2, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

They’ve figured out a way for the actress to return to the role she first played 11 years ago.

Deadline reports that Isabelle Fuhrman will co-star and also serve as associate producer on ORPHAN: FIRST KILL, on which the filmmakers will employ “a combination of forced perspective shooting and a world-class makeup team” to allow her to play Esther again. Julia Stiles (DEXTER) also stars in ORPHAN: FIRST KILL, which Dark Castle Entertainment and Entertainment One are producing. William Brent Bell of THE BOY and its sequel is directing on Winnipeg locations, from a screenplay by David Coggeshall (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2, SCREAM: THE SERIES); original scripter David Leslie Johnson is among the executive producers. The synopsis: “Leena Klammer 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.”

Since breaking out in ORPHAN, the 2009 hit in which she played Esther, a malevolent Eastern European girl who invades the lives of Peter Skarsgaard and Vera Farmiga, Fuhrman has appeared in THE HUNGER GAMES, the Stephen King chiller CELL and DOWN A DARK HALL. She’ll be seen next year in ESCAPE ROOM 2, due for release in January, and the indie period chiller THE LAST THING MARY SAW.

 

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.