Directed by Mikael Hafstroem, who previously did the Stephen King adaptation 1408 and most recently did the period drama Shanghai, The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.
Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. The movie, written by Matt Baglio and Michael Petroni, also stars Alice Braga.
The Rite opens in theaters January 28, 2011.