“My name is Es-ther…”

Remember that line? It’s stuck in my own mind so permanently, that when I grab Orphan from my DVD collection it’s the first thing I hear in my head. Here’s that scene to refresh your memory:

So a prequel to Orphan, appropriately titled Esther, is coming to our screens this year, and it looks like it will be in good hands, thanks to a script by David Coggeshall (The Haunting In Connecticut II), with William Brent Bell (Brahms: The Boy II) in the director’s chair.

Here’s the synopsis, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Lena Klammer successfully escapes from a Russian psychiatric facility before coming to America by impersonating the titular child — the missing daughter of a rich family. Her plot, however, hits a roadblock as she clashes with a mother who will stop at nothing to protect her family.

Wait… what? Do you spot anything familiar about that synopsis? I did!

[If you haven’t seen Orphan yet, major spoilers lie ahead…]

Jaume Collet-Serra’s hit 2009 thriller Orphan follows a grief-stricken mother (Vera Farmiga) who, after losing her own daughter, adopts a child named Esther. In the film’s final act, Esther is revealed to be a grown woman passing herself off as a child. The film concludes with Esther’s evil doings revealed (did I mention she murders folks and tries to seduce her stepdad?), and mom donkey-kicking Esther’s ass into ice water — where, it’s assumed, she either drowns or freezes to death, whichever comes first.

Sounds familiar, right? So in the prequel, Esther is apparently living with another family, replacing a lost family member (sort of), is outed for being evil, and must match wits with Mom in full mama-bear mode.

Now do you see it? Okay, moving on…

Esther is set for release in the third-quarter of the year — which most likely sounds like a August-September release. According to Entertainment Weekly, original Esther actress Isabelle Fuhrman isn’t officially locked down. But I can say that Fuhrman is pretty excited about the prequel, judging by her Twitter:

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