Jeffrey Dean Morgan (‘The Walking Dead’) is heading back to the big screen as he has landed the leading role in the upcoming horror film ‘Shrine.’ The film is based on the novel which shares the same name and penned by the iconic James Herbert. Evan Spiliotopoulos (‘Beauty and the Beast,” The Huntsman: Winter’s War ‘) will be directing the film for Screen Gems with horror icons Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert producing through their Ghost House banner. While Spiliotopoulos has quite a few writing credits under his belt, this will be his debut at directing.
The synopsis for ‘Shrine’ describes it as:
In James Herbert’s Shrine, innocence and evil have become one . ..
A little girl called Alice. A deaf-mute. A vision. A lady in shimmering white who says she is the immaculate conception. And Alice can suddenly hear and speak, and she can perform miracles. Soon the site of the visitation, beneath an ancient oak tree, has become a shrine, a holy place for thousands of pilgrims. But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force that is centuries old. Innocence and evil have become one.
What this doesn’t include is that the novel follows “a disgraced journalist who discovers a series of seemingly divine miracles in a small New England town and uses them to resurrect his career.” As you can tell from the synopsis, these miracles aren’t necessarily a good thing. At this time, the rest of the film’s casting has yet to be announced.
Are you looking forward to ‘Shrine’? Do you feel that this will be a perfect movie for Jeffrey Dean Morgan to flex his acting chops without having to swing around a baseball bat? Share your thoughts in the comments below!