Orphan: Only Kill star Isabelle Fuhrman claimed in a recent interview with Collider that “people will be startled” by the horror prequel, in which she claims to be the initially adult actor to reprise a starring role she first performed as a kid.
Fuhrman made his film debut as the evil “Esther” in Jaume Collet-Orphan, Serra’s unexpected smash for Warner Bros. in 2009. Fuhrman was cast in The Hunger Games after the film made over $80 million worldwide. She chatted with Collider at the Tribeca Film Festival about her upcoming independent film The Novice, in which she portrays a collegiate rower.
“Definitely not what I believe most people would expect,” Fuhrman predicted, “which I think is very fascinating and what brought me back to play that character in the first place.” What’s more, I think what’s most fascinating about it is that it’s something that’s never been done before in film. There has never been an adult actress who has returned to a juvenile role. And that was both extremely difficult and incredibly enjoyable to do because when I was a kid and played Esther, I was constantly playing 33-year-old hiding herself as a child while also being 10, and this time, it was like, ‘here’s a little weight off my shoulders,’ because I only have to pretend I’m 10 but already an adult.’
Fuhrman is well aware that millions of viewers connect her with Esther, and she has welcomed the attention from genre fans, even as she continues to grow as an actor, most recently starring in the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
“It was fantastic to return to the [Orphan] set. That narrative, I believe, will astound people. It’s really different from what most people think, and Julia [Stiles] is wonderful in it, and we had a great time creating it together. It’s absolutely a narrative about the two of us and our friendship, as well as Esther’s journey to America and how she ended up there “Fuhrman elaborated.
The narrative finds Fuhrman’s villain planning a clever escape from an Estonian psychiatric hospital and coming to America by impersonating the lost daughter of a rich family, directed by William Brent Bell (The Boy) from a scenario by David Coggeshall. As she settles into her new identity as “Esther,” an unexpected wrinkle emerges, pitting her against a mother (Stiles) who would go to any length to defend her family.
Dark Castle’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff, and Ethan Erwin, as well as James Tomlinson, produced Orphan: First Kill, while original Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick executive produced with Jen Gorton. And because Fuhrman worked on Orphan: First Kill as an associate producer, I felt safe asking her about a possible release date for the prequel.
“They’re saying very soon. We’re very, very excited about it,” said Fuhrman, who had other things on her mind regarding the prequel. “It’s just very trippy, because seeing things and seeing myself as a kid again is very, very trippy, so I’ve been coping with that and they’ve been handling that sort of [release date] stuff. I’m just like, ‘this is so wild! How did we do this?’ Actually, The Novice helped me prepare for that movie because I spent the majority of [Orphan: First Kill] squatting since I had to walk around in a squat because I’m, you know, taller than the average 10-year-old.
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