'The First Omen,' a chilling prequel to 'The Omen' revisits franchise with new perspective

The main character is a 'really cool addition to a franchise that's pretty masculine.'

ByAmy Becker OTRC logo
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
'The First Omen,' revisits 'The Omen' franchise with new perspective
'The First Omen' is the newest installment to 20th Century Studios' 'The Omen' series.

LOS ANGELES -- "The First Omen" is 20th Century Studios' newest installment to "The Omen" franchise, a chilling prequel to the classic horror movie.

"The Omen" franchise has scared viewers for almost 50 years, and now, it's back with a fresh take on the main character.

We follow Margaret, played by Nell Tiger Free, a young woman who uncovers a terrifying plan to bring about the birth of evil.

"Getting the opportunity to become a part of this world and this lore and legacy is so exciting. It's such a cool, trippy thought that now I'm a part of this universe," Free told On The Red Carpet.

Director Arkasha Stevenson explained, "We were so taken aback in a really excited way to see that the main character would be a young woman, and I think that's a really cool addition to a franchise that's pretty masculine."

Telling the story from a female perspective breathes a fresh life into the franchise, and despite the new take, audiences can expect the movie to be just as terrifying as its predecessors.

Bill Nighy, who plays Lawrence, said, "She's a horror freak, a friend of mine. She said 'I was traumatized.' But she said I was traumatized with a big grin on her face. Like that's a good thing. You make this appointment with fear. You go to a place where you know they're going to frighten the hell out of you! But obviously a lot of people dig that kind of thing."

If you dig that sort of thing, check out "The First Omen" when it arrives in theaters Friday, April 5.

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