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New Exorcist movie changes release date due to Taylor Swift Eras movie

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The Exorcist: Believer's release date has been moved up after Taylor Swift announced that she would be releasing her Eras Tour concert film on the same day.

The horror movie, which serves as a direct sequel to William Friedkin's 1973 classic The Exorcist, was originally slated to be released in cinemas on October 13, but that date was swiftly changed to October 6 in order to avoid clashing with the premiere of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.

"Look what you made me do. The Exorcist: Believer moves to 10/6/23. #TaylorWins," producer Jason Blum wrote on Twitter, referencing Swift's Reputation hit.

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Since the concert film is only being released in cinemas across North America, The Exorcist: Believer's date change only applies to the US. However, it's still possible that the UK release date will be moved up too.

Swift announced the film on Thursday (August 31) via social media, encouraging fans to treat it like a real concert by singing, dancing, wearing "Eras attire" and exchanging friendship bracelets.

Believer, which is directed by Halloween's David Gordon Green, will be a slightly different viewing experience, as it follows two school friends "who find themselves possessed after disappearing for several days, before starting to display several horrifying symptoms that see them staring dead-eyed in the mirror and storming into church services."

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Believer is the first part in a proposed reboot trilogy, and stars Leslie Odom Jr, Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Lidya Jewett, Olivia Marcum, Okwui Okpokwasili and Raphael Sbarge, while Ellen Burstyn reprises her role as Chris MacNeil from the original film.

"[It's] going to be like David [Gordon Green]'s Halloween sequel," Blum previously said of the trilogy. "I think it's going to pleasantly surprise all the skeptics out there. We had a lot of skeptics about Halloween and David turned them around, and I think he's going to turn it around with The Exorcist."

The Exorcist: Believer will be released in US cinemas on October 6 and in UK cinemas on October 13.

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