Leah Greenblatt
February 25, 2010 AT 06:02 PM EST

According to Variety, Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins has been tapped to headline the fact-based supernatural thriller The Rite; he will star as a priest and exorcism expert.

The script is adapted from a book by Matt Baglio and follows what have been dubbed the true events of an American seminary student who travels to the Vatican to attend an exorcism school, and rediscovers his faith there through encounters with demonic forces.

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