Anthony Hopkins Will Exercise The demons

February 25th, 2010 by Graham McMorrow

I think I can speak on behalf of most readers when I say that Anthony Hopkins is one of the best.  If you have seen my favorite Hopkins movies [Silence of the Lambs, The Edge, Hearts in Atlantis] then you know what I am talking about.  And just when we think he is slowing down, he gets right back at it.  Anthony Hopkins  is on board for a film called The Rite, a supernatural thriller from New Line. Variety tells us that Hopkins will play “a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.”

The book is a journalistic account of the real-world practice of exorcism. Baglio followed a priest through his education in the Catholic Church’s actual exorcism school, and continued to chronicle his work as the priest apprenticed with an Italian exorcist.  Hopkins is making fighting supernatural forces a habit of late. The actor is onscreen hunting a werewolf in The Wolfman and shooting Marvel’s Thor, in which he plays Odin, the ruler of Asgard.  More on The Rite after the jump.

The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio.
From Publishers Weekly
Journalist Baglio follows a Catholic priest through the latter’s training to become an exorcist in this incisive look at the church’s rite of exorcism and its use in contemporary life. Baglio began delving into the topic after hearing about a course at a Vatican-affiliated university, where he met and befriended the Rev. Gary Thomas, a priest in the diocese of San Jose, Calif. Thomas took the exorcism course at the request of his bishop and subsequently apprenticed himself to a seasoned exorcist. Keenly aware of the misunderstanding that abounds about exorcism through film images, Baglio sets about dispelling misconceptions and does so skillfully, separating the real from the imaginary in the mysterious and unsettling sphere of the demonic. Both Thomas and Baglio were changed by their exposure to the rite. Thomas grew spiritually during the process, which bolstered his desire to help his parishioners, and Baglio, previously a nominal Catholic, reconnected with his faith. For anyone seeking a serious and very human examination of this fascinating subject, one that surpasses the sensational, this is absorbing and enlightening reading.

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