Last year, horror fans were treated to the surprise announcement that it is a prequel to the 2009 psychological thriller Orphan was in the work, with Isabelle Fuhrman ready to return as the terrifying Esther. Fuhrman is now 24 years old, leaving many wondering how she will reprise the role of the adult killer disguising herself as a child.
Good, Orphan: First Kill director William Brent Bell has now provided some insight into how they plan to bring Esther back to life all these years later. Bloody Disgusting was the first to bring this news.
“For me it is, we know the secret of the first film, so the pleasure of taking it with us Isabelle Fuhrman back in the role – which was quite a process to get approved – that’s a challenge in itself. And likewise, don’t do modern CGI … I mean we use digital, we use CGI to help us … but not at all to create it. They are all old-fashioned techniques: forced perspective, camera angles, where we place the light. “
William Brent Bell goes on to reveal that the prequel will provide some understanding of Esther’s motivations, while still allowing her to have fun. Of course, her idea of fun doesn’t bode well for the rest of the characters …
“That’s a character I love so much [and] I really want to be respectful of the audience that loves that first movie, and expand on who she is as a character. To understand her a little better. But at the same time, have just as much fun with her as in the first movie … and then some. And to make it be Isabelle again … it’s so cool. “
Aside from Esther’s return, Brent Bell also teased the tone of the upcoming prequel, and it should all sound promising to fans of the first Orphan.
“The movie has a very childlike quality in some ways, but it’s also extremely violent at other times. Because she’s a violent psychopath. The movie is just going to be great. [Esther] is this very romantic person who so badly wants love and then when she doesn’t get it, another side of her will emerge. And it is cruel. So the movie really plays both sides really well. So it has a really big heart for her, but it also has a real … super dark side to it. “
Released in 2009, the first Orphan was a moderate success at the box office, grossing $ 78 million worldwide against a budget of $ 20 million. The film was not well liked by critics, and currently has a 56% approval rating based on 154 reviews, but Fuhrman’s pivotal performance has been lauded, with many critics praising her haunting presence and hailing her as an evil icon for the modern age of horror.
Orphan: First Kill follows Fuhrman’s Esther, who lives under the name of Leena Klammer in the film, as she orchestrates a brilliant escape from an Estonian mental institution and travels to America by posing as 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 all costs.Orphan: First Kill has no release date yet. This is from BD’s Boo Crew Podcast.
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