Orphan: First Kill featurette goes behind the scenes of Orphan prequel


The unexpected but surprisingly entertaining prequel Orphan: First Kill (read our review HERE) is now available to watch on the Paramount Plus streaming service, and will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 18th. (Amazon is already accepting pre-orders at THIS LINK.) To promote the fact that the film is streaming, Paramount Plus has shared a behind-the-scenes featurette on Twitter, and you can check it out in the embed below.

The featurette not only includes interviews with producer Alex Mace (who came up with the story for the first Orphan, and helped craft the story for this prequel), director William Brent Bell, and cast members Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, and Matthew Finlan, but also shows off some of the trickery that was used to allow Fuhrman to play a character who looks like she’s still a child.

Isabelle Fuhrman reprises the role of Leena Klammer / Esther, an adult serial killer from Estonia who was able to pass herself off as a 9 year old kid in the first Orphan. Looking 9 was easy for Fuhrman at the time because she was a child when she made that movie… but now she’s an adult, and the filmmakers had to try to figure out how to make her look like a kid again. In addition to the actors mentioned above, Fuhrman is joined in the cast by Rossif Sutherland and Hiro Kanagawa.

Directed by Bell from a screenplay by David Coggeshall, Orphan: First Kill has the following synopsis:

Esther’s terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit, Orphan. 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.

Co-financed by eOne and Dark Castle, Orphan: First Kill was produced by James Tomlinson, with Dark Castle Entertainment’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff, and Ethan Erwin. Original Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson served as executive producer alongside Daryl Katz, Chloe Katz, Paul Marcaccio, Victor Moyers and Kyle Irving. Kelly Gallagher and Robert Bell co-produced, with Jen Gorton and Josie Liang overseeing for eOne. Fuhrman also has an associate producer credit.

Have you watched Orphan: First Kill yet? If so, let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below.

Orphan: First Kill

Source: Paramount Plus

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