Linda Blair’s head is spinning once more.
“I’m just getting texts from everybody,” she solely advised The Post on Monday after it was introduced that Ellen Burstyn would reprise her 1973 “Exorcist” role of Chris MacNeil — mom of devil-possessed teen Regan MacNeil, performed by Blair — for an upcoming sequel trilogy to the traditional horror movie.
However, one key casting query was not addressed by the announcement: Will Linda Blair reprise her personal character for the challenge?
On Monday night, the 62-year-old actress shared a statement on Twitter, noting that “as of now there has not been any discussions about me participating or reprising my role,” including that she “wished all those involved the best and I appreciate the loyalty and passion the fans have for The Exorcist and my character.”
Blair additional advised The Post that representatives for screenwriter and director David Gordon Green (of the acclaimed “Halloween” trilogy reboot), Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions — who’re teaming up for the revisit — did attain out to tip her off concerning the film collection.
That dialog, although, didn’t embody an precise job provide, or perhaps a cameo pitch.
“They were polite enough to call. We spoke how amazing Ellen Burstyn is and that was as far as the conversation went,” she stated. “I have no idea what the project is about and I have not been engaged in a conversation of participation. It was just letting me know they were going to do the film.”
But Blair is aware of her fanbase, and when reached by cellphone in Acton, California — where she runs the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, an animal rescue group — the actress stated “everybody is up in arms right now” about her absence.
In truth, a sampling of social media suggestions discovered hell-raising followers asking, pointedly, “But uh… what about Linda Blair?”
“Why would you not hire Linda Blair if you’re adding Ellen Burstyn, who played her mom? Blair was excellent in the first movie (I don’t count the second movie),” noted one commenter, who apparently appreciated the unique however dissed the 1977 “Exorcist II: The Heretic” sequel in which she additionally starred.
Another spooked supporter proclaimed that ”linda blair higher at LEAST make a cameo in it or i dont need it.”
Blair, who together with 88-year-old Burstyn was Oscar-nominated for her function, wouldn’t say whether or not she would even take into account taking over Regan once more. She additionally wouldn’t entertain whether or not fan response may sway the producers to rethink excluding her.
“Do I think they’ll reach back around and realize, ‘Oops’? I have no idea, kiddo. I’m kind of not venturing down the road thinking about it,” she stated. “Let’s see what occurs in every week. I feel they’re about to be shocked. I don’t suppose they noticed coming what the followers are doing proper now — and I don’t blame the followers. To many followers, it’s about Regan’s survival and what she went by means of.
“If they want to come back around about what should be done and what the fans want, that’s a different dialogue,” she stated, including, “I don’t think they’re going to.”
“The Exorcist” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1974 and received for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound. Blair was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, however misplaced to Tatum ONeal, who was simply 10 years previous, for her function in “Paper Moon.”
The first film in the rebooted trilogy is predicted to premiere in October 2023, with the next two installments streaming on Universal’s streaming service, Peacock.