As a huge fan of the works of Grady Hendrix, I was thrilled to hear that his cult-hit novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism would be receiving a film adaptation. The news first dropped in 2018, but it seems that we’re finally seeing some forward momentum. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced the initial casting news for the film, which began production this week.
The film will be directed by Damon Thomas (Penny Dreadful, Killing Eve) and is produced by Happy Death Day and Freaky writer/director Christopher Landon (along with The Gotham Group and Quirk Productions). The script was penned by Jenna Lamia, who also serves as associate producer.
The novel (which has been described as an “unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist“) is set in 1988 and follows the friendship of high school junior Abby and her best friend since fourth grade, Gretchen. After the girls decide to try taking LSD, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody, irritable, and bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. As Gretchen begins acting increasingly more erratic, Abby begins to suspect that Gretchen might actually be possessed by a demon.
Starring as Abby is Elsie Fisher, who caught audience’s attention with their breakout role in Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, followed by a leading role in season two of Castle Rock. Amiah Miller (War For the Planet of the Apes) will play Gretchen, with Cathy Ang (Over the Moon) and Rachel Ogechi Kanu rounding out the girls’ group of friends.
If you haven’t yet read My Best Friend’s Exorcism, I highly recommend it. If you’re wondering how you might be able to see the film upon its completion, the project is expected to land at Amazon Studios as a negative pickup (although deals are still being finalized). We’ll be sure to keep you updated.