Isabelle Fuhrman to resurrect Esther role in Orphan prequel

Lauren Huff
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There's something wrong with Esther... again.

Isabelle Fuhrman, who originated the skin-crawling role of Esther, a murderous woman with proportional dwarfism pretending to be a 9-year-old in 2009's Orphan, is reprising her role in a prequel.

The plot of the new film is being kept under wraps, but in the first film, it's revealed that Esther is really a woman named Leena Klammer, who has murdered at least seven other people, including the last family who tried to adopt her.

The Boy and The Devil Inside filmmaker William Brent Bell will direct the film and David Coggeshall is penning the screenplay. Dark Castle Entertainment and Entertainment One are producing the new flick, which is beginning production soon.

The original film — which was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others, and also starred Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard — earned $78 million worldwide on a reported $20 million budget.

In addition to her terrorizing turn as Esther, Fuhrman is known for her roles as Clove in The Hunger Games and as Tessa Johnson on Showtime's series Masters of Sex. She will be seen next in the January release Escape Room 2.

Variety was first to report Fuhrman's casting.

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