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The Exorcist Season 2 Cast
Demons, beware: Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and the now-collarless Marcus (Ben Daniels) are back to exorcise some more scary supernatural beings taking advantage of the innocent. This time, they won't be helping the Rance family; instead, a whole new freaky phenomenon will rise, along with some fresh faces, including John Cho as ex-child psychologist Andy Kim. Ahead, EW has the exclusive character portraits for the second season of Fox's The Exorcist, as well as insight into the season from showrunner Jeremy Slater.
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Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega
Slater promises that the new season will feature more scenes of Tomas and Marcus working together. "Unfortunately with some of the ways the plot twisted and turned, season 1 was constantly pulling our guys apart," he says. "We wanted to see them together. We wanted to see their relationship evolve and grow."
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Ben Daniels as Father Marcus Keane
"We knew all along that if we got a second season, it would be following Marcus and Tomas on the road together, with Marcus training Tomas in the ways of becomng an exorcist," Slater adds.
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Kurt Egyiawan as Father Bennett
In the first season, Father Bennett realized there was a greater religious conspiracy underway that put the Pope himself in danger. The thread continues, Slater says, in season 2. "We hinted last year that evil has grander ambitions," he explains. "That story's going to become much more prominent in season 2."
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Zuleikha Robinson as Mouse
Bennett's investigation brings him to Robinson's curiously named new character, a "loyal servant of the church," Slater says, who is "starting to realize the corruption has spread further than anyone had realized." She's a mysterious, independent figure who has her own reasons to want to take down the Catholic patriarchy.
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Brianna Hildebrand as Verity
The Deadpool alum plays one of the foster children living in Andy Kim's foster home, where season 2's core mystery takes place. She's almost 18 years old and therefore nearly able to leave the care of the house — but even though she may appear to be standoffish, she would do anything for her foster father and family.
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Hunter Dillon as Caleb
"The question mark was always the family," Slater says of breaking the season 2 story. "We knew going in that the story of Geena Davis' family from season 1 was going to wrap up at the end of season 1... The challenge is, how do you introduce a new family and make the audience fall in love with them?" Here, Dillon plays another foster child, Caleb, a blind but intelligent boy who, despite loving his foster family, hopes to be reunited with his real father someday.
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Amélie Eve as Grace
Slater, who had spent six years working in the foster industry, says he had "seen firsthand how tough and traumatic that world is, but also how much love and strength is necessary to survive there." Because of that, he chose to focus season 2 on "a non-traditional American family, of a family you choose as opposed to a family you're born into." A quiet, agoraphobic girl, Grace is the youngest foster child in the home and the newest member of the family. Andy works hard to make her feel at home.
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Cyrus Arnold as Truck
"We wanted to shake things up this year," Slater continues. "Last year we focused on the traditional nuclear family living in the Chicago suburbs, and this year, we said, 'Let's see if we can blow that up and do something radically different.'" Truck — whose real name is David Johnson III — is another foster child who looks older than he really is, thanks to his size. As a child, his mother abandoned him on the roadside, leaving him scarred, in denial that she would do that to him, and with a habit of sleepwalking at night.
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Alex Barima as Shelby
Not only is the family non-traditional, but the setting will also be a dramatic change from the setting of season 1. "It's a small foster home on this secluded island off the coast of Seattle," Slater says. "Only about 50 people live there." A born-again Christian who feels isolated from those around him, Shelby is the last foster child under Andy's care. Though he struggles with his faith, he's tolerant of other's views — and he becomes the first to notice strange occurrences on the island, events that convince him only God can save his family.
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Li Jun Li as Rose
Li plays a social worker who arrives on the island to assess whether the home is safe and in accordance to state laws, as Andy is a single parent and most foster homes prefer two parents in a household. She likes to follow the rules, but because she and Andy have a history, she's able to see that there's something bothering Andy, despite his brave front.
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John Cho as Andy Kim
Cho was the writers' first pick to play the foster home's father figure, Slater says, as they had been searching for "a world-class actor" who could anchor the season the way Geena Davis did in season 1. Besides, they're going to put Andy through "the emotional wringer," he adds: As a product of foster care, Andy had started the home with his wife — but now, as a widower, his biggest goal is to make sure he makes a difference in each of his foster children's lives and protects them no matter what happens. So when strange things start happening on the island, his home begins to feel less like paradise and a lot more like, well, a haunted house. As Slater puts it, "All hell breaks loose." What else would you expect?
The Exorcist returns on Friday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.