Tonight saw the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, horror flick, “Orphan,” at Mann Village Theater in Westwood. The film is based upon a dysfunctional couple who after losing a child, decide to open their hearts and their home to an orphan, Esther played by Isabelle Fuhrman, and weird things start to happen and a “secret” comes to be known. Stars from the movie as well their celebrity friends came out in support of the project and shared their thoughts about the film and scary movies in general.
Kim Kardashian, with pal singer Ciara in tow, looked svelte (thanks to lots of exercise and Quick Trim) in a form fitting white number stating that “The Blob” was her favorite horror film while Robert Downey Jr., who is married to one of the flick’s producers Susan Downey, insisted his #1 was “Poltergeist.” Screenwriter David Leslie Johnson revealed that he loved “The Bad Seed” and that he created the character of Esther the orphan with the thought, “If Rhoda from ‘Bad Seed’ and Damien from ‘The Omen’ got into a fight, I wanted to write the one that would win.” Sounds scary! He also mentioned that he actually had a more “Goldilocks” like image of the main character, but as soon as he saw Isabelle on tape, he immediately opted for the raven haired tween.
The film is comprised of a wide variety of actors from silver to small screen. Typically indie actor Peter Sarsgaard took on the role of philandering John, Esther’s adoptive father in the movie, and disclosed to me that he agreed to do the film because of his good friend and cast member Vera Farmiga, who plays his alcoholic wife Kate, and the fact that the story “is not trying to have a moral point.” TV veteran CCH Pounder, who was flattered to hear the news that I broke about Johnson writing role of Sister Abigail specifically with her in mind, admitted she had to take the offer since she grew up in a convent. Ukranian Farmiga relayed once she read “the unusual script that needed unusual actors” and Sarsgaard was a part of production, it just reaffirmed her decision to be Kate.
Isabelle, aka Esther the orphan, was marveling at the fact that she “could make a scary, believable character come to life.” In fact her adorable on screen sister, Aryana Engineer, said that she was really scared of Isabelle during the shoot. And judging by what I heard, Esther is about as frightening as they come!
“Orphan” an Appian Way Production, opens nationwide on July 24, 2009.