THE PIN Receives Writers’ Guild Nomination!

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The shortlist for the annual Writers’ Guild Awards has been announced and huge congratulations go to HH clients BEN ASHENDEN and ALEXANDER OWEN – aka comedy duo THE PIN – who have been nominated in the Best Radio Comedy category, for writing their hit sketch show The Pin, in which they both also star.

The second series of the acclaimed comedy show aired on BBC Radio 4 earlier in the year. This latest Writers’ Guild nomination adds to an exciting list of award wins and nominations for The Pin and its two stars/writers: They were nominated for Best Entertainment Production at the 2016 Radio Academy Awards; they won the award for Best Comedy Production or Moment at the 2016 BBC Radio Awards and they have also recently been nominated for the Best Comedy With a Live Audience award at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards.

The Writers’ Guild Awards will be announced and presented by comedian/actress Meera Syal on Monday 23 January 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians in central London.

Fingers crossed guys!

Martin’s IN PLAIN SIGHT

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In Plain Sight is a new three-part mini-series cast by HH client KAHLEEN CRAWFORD and starring our very own MARTIN COMPSTON in the lead role.

The show is based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel (played by MARTIN). Muncie first arrested Manuel in 1946 for housebreaking, but also successfully convicted him for a string of sexual assaults. Manuel vowed revenge. Released from prison in 1955, Manuel embarked on a two-year killing spree, claiming eight lives in the close-knit communities of South Lanarkshire.

Manuel evaded capture for so long because he was unlike anything the local police had ever encountered: A murderer without any discernible motive whose victims were chosen at random. Muncie was the one man who had Manuel’s measure and doggedly refused to give up until Manuel was brought to justice.

The gripping drama premieres next Wednesday 7th December at 9pm on ITV. Don’t miss it! Here’s the trailer:

KONG: SKULL ISLAND Trailer Unleashed

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Brace yourselves! The trailer for the eagerly awaited Kong: Skull Island has arrived, and it looks incredible!

The huge forthcoming action epic stars HH clients TOM HIDDLESTON and JOHN C. REILLY. A reboot of the massive King Kong franchise, the Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros. feature acts as a sister film to 2014’s Godzilla (which starred AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON).

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Skull Island is set in the 1970s and follows a diverse team of explorers brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific. TOM stars as Captain James Conrad, heading up the naïve team, unaware they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. JOHN stars as a stranded pilot living on the island, who acts as a mentor and guide to the ill-prepared team. Inevitably, serious mayhem ensues as they get into some deep trouble, facing off against a whole array of terrifying monsters.

We can’t wait!

Kong: Skull Island also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman and opens across UK cinema and iMAX screens on March 10 2017. See both our clients in action in the trailer below:

David OTHELLOwo!

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The New York Theater Workshop’s modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello opened last night, starring our wonderful DAVID OYELOWO in the titular role.

Sam Gold has directed this hotly-anticipated production, with Bond actor Daniel Craig also starring as the villainous Iago opposite DAVID‘s naïve Othello.

Having resisted playing the role for many years, the announcement of DAVID‘s performance has caused much hype and excitement amongst critics and fans across the world; this, coupled with the production’s intimate Off-Broadway setting, has made Othello one of the most difficult and coveted tickets of the current season!

To find out more about what inspired and motivated him to take on the role at this particular time, check out this fantastic article in the New York Times which gives insight into David’s career and discusses how both his personal and professional lives influenced his choice.

Othello is now showing at the New York Theater Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, NY, until January 18. A limited number of tickets are still available, which you can purchase at the theatre’s website. If you’re going to be in New York, don’t miss this fantastic production!

Sophie Narrates YOUNG, GIFTED & CLASSICAL

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This Sunday at 8pm, BBC Four will premiere its documentary Young, Gifted & Classical: The Making of a Maestro, superbly narrated by our brilliant SOPHIE OKONEDO.

As part of the BBC’s current ‘Black and British’ season, this one-hour observational documentary explores issues of diversity and access in classical music and follows Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of this year’s BBC Young Musician Award.

The 17-year-old cellist wowed audiences with his virtuosity this summer in the grand finale of BBC Young Musician 2016. He not only won one of the most prestigious titles in classical music, but also entered the history books as the first black winner of the competition. Following Sheku, his parents and his six brothers and sisters, all of whom are also gifted in classical music, the programme looks at the human story and sacrifices that parents Stuart and Kadiatu made in order to support their children in pursuing their dreams.

Featuring interviews with Julian Lloyd Webber and Nicola Benedetti, the documentary will follow Sheku’s musical journey since winning BBC Young Musician, navigating the many opportunities that have come his way. It also shines a light on the Chineke Foundation, which was founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku, and follows the Chineke! Orchestra, featuring Sheku and some of his siblings, as they prepare for a special concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Tune in on Sunday at 8pm.

Tilda’s DOCTOR STRANGE Is A Massive Hit!

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Great news – Doctor Strange has proved to be a massive hit at the cinemas since it opened two weeks ago to $85 million from 3,882 cinemas at the North American box office alone, adding another franchise to the expanding Marvel Studios and Disney superhero universe and putting the movie’s early global total at a magical $325.4 million!

In China, the film is the top debut for the first installment in any superhero series, at $44.3 million.

Our incomparable TILDA SWINTON stars in the hit movie as The Ancient One opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as
Stephen Strange. It’s proved another coup for Marvel Studios, beating the first installments in the ThorCaptain America and Ant-Man franchises at the box office. It also marks the biggest US opening for any of TILDA‘s films and is the first movie to play in more than 1,000 Imax theatres!

Boasting glowing reviews and an ‘A’ CinemaScore, Doctor Strange looks set to continue to go from strength to strength. Go TILDA!

If you haven’t seen it yet – GO!

T2: TRAINSPOTTING Trailer Unleashed

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Time to get excited!

In January 2017, the long-awaited sequel to 1996’s groundbreaking, iconic, internationally acclaimed masterpiece that was Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, will be released in UK cinemas.

The entire original cast have returned for ‘T2‘, including our very own ROBERT CARLYLE and SHIRLEY HENDERSON, reprising their roles as Francis Begbie and Gail.

The first trailer was released last week. Check it out below and feel the shivers as Underworld’s Born Slippy starts to play!

Opens in UK cinemas on January 27th.

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS / A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

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This week sees two big cinema releases starring HH clients: Nocturnal Animals, starring AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON and A Street Cat Named Bob, starring LUKE TREADAWAY.

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Nocturnal Animals is the second feature film from writer/director Tom Ford and is a dark psychological thriller adapted (by Ford himself) from late American novelist Austin Wright’s 1993 book Tony and Susan. It tells the story of an art gallery owner (played by Amy Adams) haunted by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal)’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat against her and a symbolic revenge tale.

Adams and Gyllenhaal play dual roles as the once-married couple and as the protagonists in the novel-within-the-film, from which the film takes its name. AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON plays terrifying bad guy Ray, the leader of a gang hired to initiate the vengeful kidnapping. See our previous article Aaron’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Is A Smash! to read all the rave reviews he’s been receiving for his amazing performance in the film, which recently won the Silver Lion award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher and Laura Linney also star.

Go see Nocturnal Animals this weekend and soak up the deliciously dark plot and sumptuous visuals on the big screen. Here’s the trailer:

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A Street Cat Named Bob is a comedy-drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, based on the autobiographical book of the same name by James Bowen, and starring LUKE TREADAWAY.

Homeless and a recovering drug addict, James Bowen (played by LUKE) is running low on his luck. He’s given a last chance to turn his life around by his support worker, Val (Joanne Froggatt), who helps him finally gain his own bedsit to live in. As James attempts to build a life and future for himself by busking in Covent Garden, he struggles to gain any traction as the London crowd passes him by. Returning home one day, he finds a ginger cat sitting outside his door. Thinking it belongs to a neighbour, he ignores the cat and goes to sleep. Over the next few days, the cat continues to linger outside his door, and James discovers an infected wound on the animal’s leg. He takes the cat to be treated by the RSPCA and from that point onwards, the two lives become entwined.

Go see this heartwarming family drama on the big screen when it opens on Friday. Here’s the trailer:

Sennia Nominated for 2016 BIFA Award

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Huge congratulations go to our brilliant SENNIA NANUA, who has been nominated this week for the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

She receives her nomination for her stunning big screen debut performance in sic-fi horror film The Girl With All The Gifts, in which she stars in the titular role opposite Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

The film has received a multitude of 5 star reviews and is being hailed as one of the greatest ‘zombie’ films ever made, with SENNIA receiving praise across the board for her bold performance.

Winners will be announced at the BIFA Ceremony on Sunday 4 December at Old Billingsgate. View the full list of nominees here.

Congrats SENNIA!

More Rave Reviews For TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW

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The Boston Globe has this week written a glowing (and very well-deserved) review of TRACEY ULLMAN and her fantastic show Tracey Ullman’s Show, which aired in the UK earlier this year and which is now playing in the USA, Friday nights at 11pm on HBO.

TRACEY‘s wonderful portrayals of some of the UK’s most beloved ‘national treasures’, including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has earned her much critical acclaim and admiration since airing in the UK at the start of the year. This week, The Boston Globe describes TRACEY as a “performer who inhabits characters to the point of magic. Ullman…deploys her skills in comic settings [with] the rare gift of thorough transformation. She’s a bit of a miracle, as far as I’m concerned, one of the best sketch artists alive today. She contains multitudes.”

The review continues: “I more than admire her, and place her among a group of paragons of comedy including Lily Tomlin, Imogene Coca, and Madeline Kahn: She knows how to invest her kooky characters with heart, vulnerability, and poignancy.”

Read the full article here.

Go TRACEY!

HUMANS Are Back!

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Hit science fiction television show Humans returns on Sunday for its second series, starring HH clients RUTH BRADLEY,  SIMON HARRISON and RAPAHEL ACLOQUE.

The drama series explores a world where artificial intelligence or robots, called ‘synths’, are common household and service workers. They eventually come into consciousness on Humans Series 1, thus triggering a potential revolution from a small band of robots.

In Series 2, interest about the synths will go global as more robots become conscious. Episode One travels from Berlin to San Francisco and back to the UK as we find our characters fractured and scattered, but the story will gradually reel them all back together. RUTH returns to her role as D.I. Karen Voss – a detective with a twist – with SIMON and RAPHAEL appearing for the first time, as Sanchez and Ten respectively.

Humans Series 2 debuts on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sunday 30th October. Here’s the trailer:

DARK ANGEL Premieres Monday 31st October

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Dark Angel, the long-awaited 2-part television drama based on the extraordinary true story of Mary Anne Cotton, will premiere on Monday 31st October at 9pm on ITV, cast by HH client SAM JONES and starring LAURA MORGAN and THOMAS HOWES.

Mary Ann – played by Joanna Froggatt – is a notorious serial killer, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the North East, she inveigles herself into the homes of unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own – before killing them, taking their money and moving on.

Through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder, Mary Ann betters herself socially and financially. But the more she kills, the greater the risk her heinous crimes will finally be exposed.

Don’t miss the premiere on the 31st! Here’s the trailer:

YONDERLAND Returns For Series 3

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Sky’s surreal comedy Yonderland returns to Sky 1 this Sunday 16th October at 6:30pm for its third series.

Created, written by and starring HH client MATHEW BAYNTON, the weirdly wonderful series follows 33-year-old mum Debbie Maddox’s adventures in Yonderland where most of the characters happen to be puppets and with only an Elf by her side. In Series 3, the evil Imperatrix is no more – killed when she terminated the robotic weapon which shared her life force. With her gone, Negatus now answers to no-one and can seize control of Yonderland for himself. But how will his fellow Overlords respond to the departure of Her Eminence?

Arriving in the show this year for the first time is our very own STEPHEN FRY who joins the cast as mysterious returning Elder, Cuddly Dick. Recently released from prison, he is a charming, avuncular eccentric who loves nothing more than to spread love and kindness (as well as plenty of hugs and kisses). But there may be more to his persona beneath this warm and affable exterior…

Tune in on Sunday for the premiere! Here’s the trailer, featuring STEPHEN in his fun new role (and a sneak peek of MATHEW at the end):

Tilda Is The Ancient One

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Marvel’s eagerly awaited big screen version of Doctor Strange will be unleashed onto UK cinema screens on Friday October 28, starring an awesomely cool, androgynous TILDA SWINTON as the iconic ‘The Ancient One’, complete with no hair!

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange focuses primarily on the titular character’s origin story. In 1963, after being crippled in an accident, talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, the next Sorcerer Supreme – played by Benedict Cumberbatch – goes on a quest to find a way to repair his mangled hands, eventually meeting TILDA‘s The Ancient One and her student Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). With The Ancient One as his mentor, he sets out on a journey to master the mystic arts.

Doctor Strange sets a new tone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, focusing on magic and extra-dimensional beings. The film is excellently conceived and great fun, and TILDA is spellbinding in her magical role, fitting in perfectly to the unique Marvel universe.

Check out the trailer below and make sure you see it on the big screen from October 28.

Sennia Nanua Is THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

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The Girl With All The Gifts – the eagerly-awaited big screen adaptation of M.R. Carey’s bestselling novel of the same name – is released in UK cinemas this week, starring our client, the wonderful SENNIA NANUA, in the titular role, opposite Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

One of the most fascinating sci-fi horror stories of recent years, The Girl With All The Gifts is an original and compelling tale that gives a completely fresh take on the ‘zombie’ genre. It follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite having a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie (played by SENNIA) seems to be the key to finding a cure.

The film opens in UK cinemas this week on Friday 23 September – go see the brilliant SENNIA in her big-screen debut! Here’s the trailer:

Aaron’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Is A Smash!

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The reviews are in for writer/director Tom Ford’s new film Nocturnal Animals, starring our wonderful AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON – and by all accounts, it’s an absolute smash!

Having won the Silver Lion award at last week’s Venice Film Festival, Ford’s second film (his follow up to 2009’s A Single Man) looks set to take the world by storm, receiving rave reviews across the board, especially for AARON and his incredible performance.

Nocturnal Animals is a dark psychological thriller adapted (by Ford himself) from late American novelist Austin Wright’s 1993 book Tony and Susan. It tells the story of an art gallery owner (played by Amy Adams) haunted by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal)’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat against her and a symbolic revenge tale. Adams and Gyllenhaal play dual roles as the once-married couple and as the protagonists in the novel-within-the-film, from which the film takes its name. Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher and Laura Linney also star.

AARON plays terrifying bad guy Ray, the leader of a gang hired to initiate the vengeful kidnapping. Have a read below of all the wonderful praise being afforded to AARON on the strength of his performance in the film. Go AARON!

“The real standout is Taylor-Johnson, so effectively creepy as the ringleader of the novel’s miscreants…his unsettling charismatic turn here heralds a career turning point.”
– Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

“Ford’s most precious collaborator is Taylor-Johnson, who gives this movie a jolt of wild-eyed unpredictability.”
– Jeff Sneider, Mashable

“The leader of the gang is Ray, played in long black sideburns by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who gives this taunting sociopath a strange kind of depth”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“…director Tom Ford pulled off a casting coup by turning [Aaron] into a bad guy. With a Texas drawl and goatee, he’s unrecognizable…It’s thrilling, and terrifying, to watch Taylor-Johnson’s descent into the dark side.”
– Ramin Setoodeh, Variety

“Two best things about ‘Nocturnal Animals:’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson (yes!) and a bewigged Laura Linney as Amy Adams’s Texas socialite mom.”
– Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

“In the role of the villain, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is spellbinding…[he] crafts one of the year’s most frightening villains. His best work comes when pitted against Gyllenhaal, whose devastation expertly contrasts with Taylor-Johnson’s sense of devilish control.”
– Matt Hoffman, Film School Rejects

Nocturnal Animals will be released in UK cinemas on November 4 2016. Here’s the trailer:

Two Big New Dramas Starting Next Week

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Next week sees the premiere of two big UK television drama series, each starring two HH clients.

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First up is National Treasure, starring NADINE MARSHALL and featuring BEN LLOYD-HUGHES in a guest role.

The 4-part Channel 4 miniseries examines the impact, both public and private, of accusations of historic sexual offences against fictional, much-loved public figure Paul Finchley (played by Robbie Coltrane). The series is a timely exploration of truth, memory, trust and family. As the investigation and criminal trial work their way towards a verdict, those closest to Paul – including his wife Marie, played by Julie Walters – must deal with the effects of the investigation. Memories that have become muddied in the intervening four decades are dredged, doubts flourish, loyalties are tested, and truths, half-truths and lies are all exposed.

NADINE stars throughout the series as DI Palmer, the perceptive expert interrogator who leads the case against Paul; BEN plays a television executive in the opening episode.

Tune in for the premiere on Tuesday 20th September, 9pm on Channel 4. Continues weekly on Tuesdays. Here’s the trailer:

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Next Thursday sees the premiere of ITV’s new 8-part thriller Paranoid, starring POLLY WALKER and WILLIAM ASH.

A dark and exciting conspiracy thriller, Paranoid tells the story of a female GP who is murdered in a rural children’s playground with an abundance of eyewitnesses. A group of detectives embarks on what seems to be a straightforward murder investigation, but as they delve deeper into the case they are quickly drawn into the twists and turns of an ever-darkening mystery, which takes them unexpectedly across Europe.

POLLY stars as the interfering mother of one of the detectives and WILLIAM plays the intervening brother of the suspected killer.

Tune in for the premiere on Thursday 22nd September, 9pm on ITV. Continues weekly on Thursdays. Here’s the trailer:

LUCIFER 2: Tom Returns From Hell!

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Hit FOX drama Lucifer – starring our very own TOM ELLIS in the devilish titular role – is returning next week for its second season, premiering on Monday September 19th on FOX (US) and Tuesday September 20th on Amazon Prime Video (UK).

In Season Two, TOM‘s Lucifer and his brother Amenadiel (DB Woodside), who have been sparring over Lucifer’s resistance to returning to the underworld, will now be brought back together for one common goal – to find their mother, Charlotte, who escaped Hell. After all, Lucifer doesn’t take after his dad, so the parent he does resemble is sure to be quite terrifying.

Lucifer’s work with the LAPD also is upended when the police force hires Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), a smart, tough forensic scientist whose mutual belief in both faith and science proves a point of interest to Lucifer.

With mom on the loose, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), who has become not only a therapist but also a confidante to Lucifer, will surely have a lot of advice to dole out. And, by the time she’s done with them, she may need a therapist of her own!

Just like the previous season, Lucifer will premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK on Tuesday September 20th, less than 24 hours after it airs in the US. The second episode will then be made available on Tuesday October 4th, with subsequent episodes uploaded every Tuesday (in line with breaks and hiatuses in the US) to UK Amazon Prime subscribers.

Trailer below. Time to get excited!

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Ben Aldridge Returns In OUR GIRL 2

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BEN ALDRIDGE is back on our television screens again for the new five-part series of BBC One’s Our Girl.

Things are a little different for the second series; the setting has switched from Afghanistan to Kenya and the story has switched to focus on a new gutsy, passionate army medic – Georgie Lane – played by Michelle Keegan. But BEN‘s Captain James returns to lead a brand new mission.

Last time, he met and fell for army medic Molly Dawes while on tour in Afghanistan but found himself in a love triangle. He suffered some nasty injuries in a mission gone wrong but he won the girl. Now James is back leading a platoon – that includes Georgie – in Kenya.

He’s joined by the likes of Luke Pasqualino as Elvis, Anna Tenta as Kicki and Jayson Raynott as Al-Shabaab terorrist Abu.

Tune in every Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One. If you’ve missed the first two episodes, catch up on iPlayer now. Here’s the trailer:

Rave Reviews for Ben Daniels’ THE EXORCIST

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In just over a week, the first episode of the highly-anticipated television remake of classic horror film The Exorcist will premiere on US channel FOX, starring HH client BEN DANIELS in the titular role. And very excitingly, the first reviews are glowing and full of praise for BEN and the show as a whole.

The Exorcist offers a modern reinvention of the classic horror franchise inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made. Returning now in series format, the show is written by Jeremy Slater, directed by Rupert Wyatt and is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Alfonso Herrera stars as Father Tomas Ortega – the warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church; BEN stars as Father Marcus Lang – an intense ‘holy warrior’ carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public; and Geena Davis plays Angela Rance, the tormented mother of a possessed young girl.

According to this fantastic Variety review, the drama “does a truly impressive job” and the pilot episode gives “an exceptionally effective starting point” full of “meticulous choices [that] reinforce a quiet yet palpable sense of dread and foreboding”.

BEN receives similar praise: “The Exorcist needs actors who can easily transition between operatic scenarios and quieter moments of resignation and fear, and Daniels’ nimbleness in this regard is exceptional”. The review goes on to celebrate “his charisma and finely calibrated range”, naming BEN and co-star Geena Davis as “two very strong foundations”. Read the full review here.

Fansided.com has also given a glowing review of BEN‘s work in the show, explaining why “his performance is going to make you a believer” and how he “has an ability to take control of every single project in which he appears…he doesn’t just sink his teeth into roles; he tears them apart.” Check out the full article here.

If you’re in America, tune in to FOX next Friday September 23 for the premiere. Until then, check out the trailer below (and prepare yourself for shivers as Mike Oldfield’s eery classic Tubular Bells – the theme from the original 1973 movie – kicks in at the end!)