Linda Blair’s head is spinning once more.
“I’m simply getting texts from everyone,” she solely informed The Publish after it was introduced that Ellen Burstyn would reprise her 1973 “Exorcist” function of Chris MacNeil — mom of devil-possessed teen Regan MacNeil, performed by Blair — for an upcoming $400 million sequel trilogy to the traditional horror movie.
Nonetheless, one key casting query was not addressed by the announcement: Will Linda Blair reprise her personal character for the venture?
On Monday night, the 62-year-old actress shared an announcement on Twitter, noting that “as of now there has not been any discussions about me taking part or reprising my function,” including that she “wished all these concerned the perfect and I admire the loyalty and fervour the followers have for The Exorcist and my character.”
Blair additional informed The Publish that representatives for screenwriter and director David Gordon Inexperienced (of the acclaimed “Halloween” trilogy reboot), Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions — who’re teaming up for the revisit — did attain out to tip her off in regards to the film sequence.
That dialog, although, didn’t embrace an precise job provide, or perhaps a cameo pitch.
“They have been well mannered sufficient to name. We spoke how superb Ellen Burstyn is and that was so far as the dialog went,” she stated. “I don’t know what the venture is about and I’ve not been engaged in a dialog of participation. It was simply letting me know they have been going to do the movie.”
However Blair is aware of her fanbase, and when reached by cellphone in Acton, California — the place she runs the Linda Blair WorldHeart Basis, an animal rescue group — the actress stated “everyone is up in arms proper now” about her absence.
In truth, a sampling of social media suggestions discovered hell-raising followers asking, pointedly, “However uh… what about Linda Blair?”
“Why would you not rent Linda Blair if you happen to’re including Ellen Burstyn, who performed her mother? Blair was wonderful within the first film (I don’t rely the second film),” famous one commenter, who apparently preferred the unique however dissed the 1977 “Exorcist II: The Heretic” sequel during which she additionally starred.
One other spooked supporter proclaimed that ”linda blair higher at LEAST make a cameo in it or i dont need it.”
Blair, who together with 88-year-old Burstyn was Oscar-nominated for her function, wouldn’t say whether or not she would even think about taking up Regan once more. She additionally wouldn’t entertain whether or not fan response may sway the producers to rethink excluding her.
“Do I believe they’ll attain again round and notice, ‘Oops’? I don’t know, kiddo. I’m form of not venturing down the street fascinated by it,” she stated. “Let’s see what occurs in every week. I believe they’re about to be stunned. I don’t suppose they noticed coming what the followers are doing proper now — and I don’t blame the followers. To many followers, it’s about Regan’s survival and what she went by.
“In the event that they need to come again round about what ought to be carried out and what the followers need, that’s a unique dialogue,” she stated, including, “I don’t suppose they’re going to.”
“The Exorcist” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1974 and received for Greatest Tailored Screenplay and Greatest Sound. Blair was nominated for Greatest Actress in a Supporting Function, however misplaced to Tatum ONeal, who was simply 10 years outdated, for her function in “Paper Moon.”
The primary film within the rebooted trilogy is anticipated to premiere in October 2023, with the following two installments streaming on Common’s streaming service, Peacock.