'The Rite' Synopsis

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. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) are producing the film. The screenplay was penned by Michael Petroni (upcoming “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”), inspired by the book by Matt Baglio. Christy Fletcher and Emma Parry are co-producing. Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers.

Hopkins stars as Father Lucas. An Oscar® winner for his iconic portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” Hopkins’ impressive career includes “The Remains of the Day” and this year’s “The Wolfman,” as well as the upcoming comics-based film “Thor.”

Making his feature film debut, O’Donoghue stars as Michael Kovak, the disillusioned American seminary student.

Alice Braga plays the role of Angeline, a journalist in Rome doing research on exorcisms. Braga will next be seen this summer in “Predators.” Her additional credits include “I Am Legend” and “City of God.”

Ciarán Hinds portrays Father Xavier. Known for his role as Gaius Julius Caesar in HBO’s “Rome,” Hinds will soon be seen in the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” films.

Toby Jones plays the role of Father Matthew. Jones has appeared in such films as “Frost/Nixon,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “The Painted Veil” and will soon be seen in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Veteran actor Rutger Hauer takes on the role of Michael’s father, Istvan Kovak. Hauer’s career includes roles in “Blade Runner,” “The Hitcher,” “Sin City” and “Batman Begins.”

Håfström previously directed the John Cusack thriller “1408,” and “Derailed,” starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. His most recent film, “Shanghai,” also starring John Cusack, will be in theaters later this year. His film “Evil,” which he wrote and directed, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Academy Awards® and won three Swedish Guldbagge Awards, including Best Film.

Slated for release in January 2011, New Line Cinema’s “The Rite” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Comments (18)

  1. Abhishek Dadhich

    Score card-

    Anthony Hopkins - 10/10 Superb
    Colin O'Donoghue - 8/10
    Alice Braga - 5/10
    Marta Gastini - 10/10 Superb

    Direction - 10/10
    Storyline - 10/10
    Special Effects - 10/10

    Overall movie - 9/10

    Anthony Hopkins and Marta Gastini done a great job.
    This movie is really awesome. A must see. Hats Off!!

    4 years agoby @Abhishek-DadhichFlag

  2. Ensigndesign

    Just saw it and the movie was everything I thought it would be. I loved it.

    4 years agoby @ensigndesignFlag

  3. IlikePie202

    @Dave see. You just bashed someone's opinion. And Anthony Hopkins was good in this film, but lately he's been choosing some real sh*t...

    4 years agoby @Ilikepie202Flag


    Yeah. I just don't see a need to write a long review when every paragraph will be me bitching of the movie. Usually one and a half star is my rating to where I'll actually write something for it.

    4 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  5. K.Guy

    That's why my Crank 2 review wasn't as long

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag


    I give movies .5 stars all the time. haha. I don't usually write reviews for movies I rate .5 cause the rating pretty much says it all and saves me seven paragraphs. lol

    4 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  7. Daveactor7

    lol my first .5 went to airbender which it rightfully deserves

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag


    @Block: It does?! Lol. jk. haha :P

    4 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  9. K.Guy

    true, 2.5+2.5=5

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag


    Yeah. It is, usually. 2.5 is my default rating, though. If I'm not sure whether I liked a film or if I hated it I just use 2.5 as a cover as half and half.

    4 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  11. Daveactor7

    @Screeny yeah same. But to me that is a bad rating lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag


    @Dave I didn't hate it so much but I did have a lot of problems with it. Probably a 2.5/5 for me.

    4 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  13. Daveactor7

    LOL @Block sorry!

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  14. K.Guy

    well.... that ruined the spirit

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  15. Daveactor7

    This film was terrible lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  16. K.Guy

    I'd love to read it. Can't wait.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag


    Just saw this. While it is much better than I was expecting, it still isn't anything special. Hopefully I'll have a review up by tomorrow morning. :D

    4 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  18. Ensigndesign

    I have high hopes for this movie. Seems like it would be pretty evil!

    4 years agoby @ensigndesignFlag

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