With a prequel film to 2009’s Orphan, titled Orphan: First Kill, in development, Isabelle Fuhrman, who is returning to the franchise as Esther, has claimed that “people will be shocked” the film and it will make movie history as she will be the first adult actress to reprise a leading role that she first played as a child.
Orphan: First Kill is “definitely not what I think most people will expect, which I think is really exciting and what really drew me to even coming back to play that role. And also, what I think is most exciting about it is it’s something that’s never been done cinematically. There’s never been an adult actress who reprised a role she played as child. And that was exceptionally difficult and really fun to do, because when I was a kid and I played Esther, I was constantly playing a 33-year-old hiding herself as a kid while I was also 10, and this time, it was like, ‘here’s a little weight off my shoulders,’ since I just have to pretend I’m 10, because I’m already an adult,” Fuhrman said in an interview with Collider.
In Orphan: First Kill, which is directed by William Brent Bell (The Boy) and written by David Coggeshall, Leena Klammer “orchestrates a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Leena’s new life as ‘Esther’ comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother (played by Julia Stiles) who will protect her family at any cost.”