Variety is exclusively reporting that Isabelle Fuhrman will be reprising the role of Esther for the upcoming prequel to the 2009 film Orphan titled Orphan: First Kill, while Deadline is exclusively reporting that Julia Stiles has also signed to star.
Orphan: First Kill sees Leena Klammer orchestrate 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.
The 2009 film had mixed reviews amongst critics and audiences upon its release, with the film earning just under $78m worldwide and done with a $20m budget. The reports also state that in order to help Isabelle Fuhrman bring her character to life again, filmmakers will be using a combination of forced perspective shooting and a world-class makeup team. Isabelle Fuhrman will also serve as associate producer on the project, which is written by David Coggeshall and being directed by William Brent Bell. Dark Castle Entertainment’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff and Ethan Erwin are producing the project alongside James Tomlinson, with the original film’s screenwriter, David Leslie Johnson, serving as executive producer alongside Jen Gorton. Josie Liang will oversee the film for Entertainment One, who are mounting production with Dark Castle.
Orphan: First Kill is currently in production in Winnipeg.