Esther, a Prequel to Orphan, Is Coming

Esther, a Prequel to Orphan, Is Coming
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Good news! We are soon to be blessed with a prequel to 2009’s wildly entertaining and underrated domestic thriller Orphan, in which (spoiler alert) it is revealed that a family’s seemingly 9-year-old adopted daughter is actually a 33-year-old woman with dwarfism. And you know what? I feel like I deserve this.

Deadline reports that William Brent Bell (The Boy and its imminent sequel) has been tapped to direct Esther, from a script written by David Coggeshall (who wrote for Scream: The TV Series, among things). The capsule description is as follows:

In it, Lena Klammer orchestrates a brilliant escape from a Russian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Lena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.

The announcement of this follow-up to an 11-year-old B-movie seems rather auspicious. Last year, the story of Natalia Grace Barnett entranced the internet. It read like a carbon-copy retelling of Orphan: Grace’s adoptive parents Kristine and Michael Barnett thought they had adopted a 6-year-old Ukrainian girl in 2010, whom they claimed was a fully grown adult with dwarfism. They were charged with neglect and abandonment. Grace’s birth mother chimed in to say she was definitely a child. So did Natalia Grace. The Barnetts’ separate trials are set to start in June and July.

Esther is set to film later this year.

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