The Pope’s Exorcist cast: Who stars in the horror movie?

Father Esquibel (Daniel Zovatto) and Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe) in Screen Gems’ THE POPE’S EXORCIST.
Father Esquibel (Daniel Zovatto) and Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe) in Screen Gems’ THE POPE’S EXORCIST. /
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The Pope’s Exorcist is one of the top movies on Netflix as of Aug. 18. After a theatrical release in the U.S. back in April 2023, the horror flick finally made its way to Netflix four months later. Now, it’s the movie everyone’s watching and talking about.

The Pope’s Exorcist is a supernatural horror film directed by Julius Avery from a screenplay written by Michael Petroni and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Like most movies these days, it’s based on another piece of work. It’s based on two of Father Gabriele Amorth’s books: An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories.

While investigating the possession of a young boy in Spain, Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist, uncovers a centuries-old conspiracy that the Vatican has tried his hardest to keep hidden.

But who stars as Father Gabriele Amorth in the film? What about the young boy and the other characters? Here’s who you can expect to see in the horror movie.

The Pope’s Exorcist cast

Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe plays the leading role of Father Gabriele Amorth. Crowe is best known for his other roles in the movies L.A. ConfidentialThe Insider GladiatorA Beautiful MindMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldCinderella ManAmerican GangsterLes MisérablesNoah and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Daniel Zovatto portrays the role of Father Esquibel, Amorth’s assistant exorcist who helps him with the young boy’s possession. You might recognize Zovatto from his previous roles in the films BeneathIt Follows and Don’t Breathe. He also had roles in the TV shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.RevengeFear the Walking DeadHere and Now and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

Franco Nero plays the Pope in the horror film. The Pope assigns Amorth to investigate the possessed boy in Spain. Nero is best known for starring in the leading role in the Spaghetti Western movie Django. You might’ve also watched him in the films Enter the NinjaDie Hard 2Letters to Juliet and John Wick: Chapter 2.

Here are more of the cast members and who they portray:

  • Alex Essoe as Julia (Henry’s mother)
  • Peter DeSouza-Feighoney as Henry (the young boy possessed)
  • Laurel Marsden as Amy (Henry’s older sister)
  • Cornell John as Bishop Lumumba
  • Ryan O’Grady as Cardinal Sullivan
  • Ralph Ineson as the voice of Asmodeus

The Pope’s Exorcist is rated R, meaning it may be inappropriate for ages under 17. It was given this age rating for strong language, violent content, sexual references, and some nudity. Overall, we wouldn’t recommend watching this with young kids around.

Check out the official trailer to see the cast in action!

The Pope’s Exorcist is streaming now on Netflix.

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