Look at that adorable face; is that the look of a man possessed? Apparently so…
Patrick Fugit (Thanks for Sharing, Cinema Verite, Almost Famous) just scored the lead role in the television adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s “horror epic,” Outcast. He’ll play Kyle Barnes, a man who’s been dealing with demonic possession in his family since he was a small child. Kirkman promises that Outcast doesn’t resort to the usual possession tropes (no pea soup, please!); in trying to understand what’s happening, Kyle’s character will discover he’s part of a larger ‘world-threatening mystery” (Walking Dead crossover, anyone?).
(drawn by Paul Azaceta)
Discussing the Cinemax series, which will be up against other tales of demonic possession, including Constantine and an Omen reboot (by former TWD showrunner Glen Mazzara), Kirkman describes his story as centered on character, rather than action — and based more in reality. “Horror is always the most scary when it’s the most real. And this is a very personal subject matter to a lot of people. It’s something that I think a vast majority of our population actually believes to be a real phenomenon that’s taking place and that makes these things that much scarier and that much cooler….Outcast is going to go down this emotional road and show this really deep, character-driven emotional journey that will make it stand apart from any other explorations of exorcism and demonic possession that are going on on TV right now.”
Fugit is joined by Philip Glenister (Ashes to Ashes, Cranford, Life on Mars) who’ll play evangelical preacher, Reverend Anderson,
and Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle, Petals on the Wind, Stalker), as Joshua Austin, a possessed boy who may have a connection to Fugit’s Barnes.
Kirkman (who has already plotted the comic from beginning to end) wrote the pilot episode; Adam Wingard (The Guest, V/H/S, The ABCs of Death, You’re Next) will direct.