‘Orphan’ Prequel Enlists Isabelle Fuhrman to Reprise Role of Esther (EXCLUSIVE)


‘Orphan’ Prequel Enlists Isabelle Fuhrman to Reprise Role of Esther (EXCLUSIVE)

Looks like something is still wrong with Esther.

Actress Isabelle Fuhrman, who broke out in Hollywood as the lead of the disturbing 2009 hit “Orphan,” will reprise her role in an upcoming prequel to the film, Variety has learned.

Fuhrman played Esther, an Eastern European child adopted by a family led by Peter Skarsgaard and Vera Farmiga, whose new parents were overcoming an unspeakable loss of their own. It went on to earn $80 million worldwide on a reported $20 million budget.

While the film received mixed reviews, it was largely credited with delivering a twist that broke new ground in the sub-genre of messed up little kids — Esther was not a child at all, but an adult woman with primordial dwarfism masquerading as a nine-year-old. This made her attempts to split up her parents and eliminate her siblings all the more sinister and unforgettable.

While the prequel’s plot is under wraps, Fuhrman will return as star and associate producer on the project. William Brent Bell (“The Boy,” “The Devil Inside”) will direct the film from a script by David Coggeshall. Dark Castle Entertainment and EOne will mount production, which is imminently underway.

Dark Castle’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff and Ethan Erwin are producing with James Tomlinson. Original film screenwriter David Leslie Johnson will serve as an executive producer with Jen Gorton, and Josie Liang overseeing for Entertainment One (eOne).

Fuhrman’s additional credits include “The Hunger Games” and the acclaimed Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” She will next star in “Escape Room 2” from Sony Pictures, set to release in January 2021.

She is repped by UTA and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.


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