Coming 13 years after the first film, the new movie is a prequel and stars Isabelle Fuhrman, now 25, as the murderous 'child.'
Paramount has released the first trailer for Orphan: First Kill, featuring one of the most iconic horror movie villains of the 21st century.
A prequel to the 2009 psychological horror film, Orphan, William Brent's Orphan: First Kill revolves around the origins of Esther. The synopsis reads: "After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Yet, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous 'child' at any cost."
Fuhrman, who was 12 years old when the original Orphan was released, reprises her role despite now being 25. The trailer reveals how the film pulls off the trick, with Kennedy Irwin serving as a body double for the actor.
isabelle fuhrman as esther in ‘orphan: first kill’ (2022). pic.twitter.com/3YxJImUVEi— kyler ✆ (@slshers) July 13, 2022
Released in 2009, the original Orphan starred Fuhrman as Esther, a nine-year-old Russian girl adopted by the Coleman family (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard) after their third child is stillborn. Esther begins to demonstrate bizarre adult-like and violent behavior, putting her at odds with her adoptive mother. In a famous twist ending, the first film revealed that Esther is actually a 33-year-old woman with a hormonal disorder that causes her to look like a child. The climax goes on to show that she has spent her life posing as a little girl and killing the families that adopt her.
Although the first film ended with Esther being killed by the Colemans, First Kill is set to turn back the clock to focus on the story of Esther’s (whose real name is Leena Klammer) first victims. The film follows Leena as she impersonates Esther Mauerova, the missing daughter of the couple Katie and Richard (Julia Stiles and Rossif Sutherland), and sows discord between the two as Katie grows suspicious of the “child.”
‘ORPHAN FIRST KILL’ will release on August 19 on Paramount+ and in select theaters. pic.twitter.com/hKlJ4WnstL— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 13, 2022
First look at Isabelle Fuhrman reprising her role as Esther in ‘Orphan: First Kill,’ the prequel to 2009’s ‘Orphan.’ pic.twitter.com/1j7WSKmZq5— Pop Base (@PopBase) July 7, 2022
The film is a co-production between Paramount Players, Dark Castle Entertainment, Entertainment One, Sierra/Affinity, Eagle Vision and Signature Entertainment, with Paramount Pictures distributing.
Orphan: First Kill also stars Hiro Kanagawa, Kennedy Irwin, and Samantha Walkes. The movie hits theaters and Paramount Plus on August 19th.