Anthony Hopkins takes demonic forces in "The Rite"

Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:05am EST
 
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Anthony Hopkins is counting his blessings, coming aboard to star in "The Rite," a supernatural thriller based on true events.

The New Line project centers on a disillusioned American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican and ultimately finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces. Hopkins will play a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.

Mikael Hafstrom ("Derailed") is directing from an adaptation of a book by Matt Baglio.

Hopkins is making fighting supernatural forces a habit of late. The actor is onscreen hunting a werewolf in "The Wolfman" and shooting Marvel's "Thor," in which he plays Odin, the ruler of Asgard.