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Isabelle Fuhrman to Return as Esther in 'Orphan: First Kill'

Isabelle Fuhrman to Return as Esther in ‘Orphan’ Prequel

After 11 years, the iconic horror flick gets a prequel.

Isabelle Fuhrman who starred in the 2009 horror film Orphan is set to play her iconic role once again in an upcoming prequel, Deadline reports.

Titled Orphan: First Kill, the film directed by The Boy franchise director William Brent Bell is now shooting in Winnipeg, Canada. It will tell the story of Leena Klammer as she escapes from an Estonian psychiatric facility  and travels to America. Here she impersonates a wealthy family’s missing child by taking the identity of Esther for the first time.

Perhaps you’re most curious about Fuhrman and Esther’s age gap. Fuhrman first played the character 11 years ago when she was only 12 years old. Now she’s 23, and she’ll be playing the same character who is supposedly younger in the prequel.

According to Deadline‘s report, filmmakers will be “utilizing a combination of forced perspective shooting and a world-class makeup team” for Fuhrman’s return as Esther. Now that’s meta.

The first film told the story of couple Kate and John who had lost their unborn baby, and so decided to adopt the a young girl named Esther. Little did they know, this girl is already an adult who has a rare form of dwarfism making her look like a young child. What’s even worse is that Esther is very unstable and has murderous tendencies.


Jaume Collet-Serra directed the first film. Collet-Serra is also known for directing the films House of Wax, Non-Stop, and Unknown.

Homestream images from Orphan trailer and Isabelle Fuhrman’s Instagram account.

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