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.

Directed by Mikael Håfström (“1408”), “The Rite” is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. The film stars Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Wolfman”), Colin O’Donoghue in his feature film debut, Alice Braga (“Predators”), Ciarán Hinds (HBO’s “Rome,” upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” films), Toby Jones (“Frost/Nixon,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) and Rutger Hauer (“Batman Begins,” “Blade Runner”).
Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) produced the film. The screenplay was penned by Michael Petroni (upcoming “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”), suggested by the book by Matt Baglio. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers.
New Line Cinema presents, a Contrafilm production, a Mikael Håfström film, “The Rite.” Slated for release in January 2011, New Line Cinema’s “The Rite” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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