The power of Christ has compelled
Chamberlain will play Father Merrin, the priest who attempts to exorcise a little girl possessed by a demon. The role was played by
The role of Regan MacNeil, the possessed young girl, will be played by Emily Yetter, an adult actress who is a graduate of UCLA and who has several local theater credits to her name. Regan was played by
"The Exorcist" was adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier, the playwright of "Agnes of God." Tony winner John Doyle will direct the world premiere at the Geffen.
The role of Father Damien Karras -- the psychologically tormented priest who assists with the exorcism -- will be played by David Wilson Barnes. Rounding out the cast will be Harry Groener, who plays Chris' director on a movie project.
Pielmeier has stated on his website that the play will use "minor" special effects. The movie version of the book featured elaborate scenes of the possessed girl spewing green vomit and levitating in the air.
"The Exorcist" is set to begin previews on July 3 and will run through Aug. 12.