20th Century Studios has released the first chilling look at "The First Omen," an upcoming American-Italian co-production that promises to delve into the chilling origins of the cinematic legend. Arriving in theaters on April 5, 2024, the film serves as a sequel to the 1976 horror classic "The Omen," inviting audiences to witness the events that set the stage for the infamous Damien Thorne's rise to power.
The trailer introduces us to a young American woman, played by Nell Tiger Free, who starts a new life in the service of the church in Rome. However, the Eternal City hides a darkness beyond her wildest nightmares. Faith bends under the oppressive force and she uncovers a sinister plot aimed at giving birth to the very embodiment of evil.
This new chapter in the "Omen" saga rewinds the clock nearly five decades before Gregory Peck's legendary portrayal of Robert Thorne, the unwitting father of the Antichrist. Fans will remember the chilling story of the Thorn family, haunted by a series of inexplicable tragedies and Damien's disturbingly unnatural behavior.
"The First Omen" promises to answer the burning questions: What happened in the shadows before Damien? What unholy forces orchestrated his arrival?
The cast and trailer promise a terrifying experience
Directed by Arkasa Stevenson, the film boasts a talented cast alongside Free, including Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson and the ever-enigmatic Bill Nighy.
The screenplay, co-written by Stevenson and Tim Smith, draws on a story by Ben Jacoby, promising a fresh but thematically aligned story with its predecessor. The trailer itself exudes suspense and a creepy atmosphere. Shadows turn, cryptic symbols flash, and unsettling whispers hint at a malevolent entity lurking just beyond the veil.
The iconic theme music crescendo, reminding the audience of the legacy they are about to witness, unfolds in its raw, previous form. "The First Omen" promises to be a terrifying story in its own right. With its talented cast, experienced director and story steeped in the lore of a beloved classic, it has all the ingredients to become a chilling cinematic event.