Barbara Hershey Makes A Deal With The Devil In Lifetime’s Damien

Credit: WENN
Credit: WENN

Last December we brought you the news that Merlin’s Bradley James is to play Damian Thorn in The Omen reboot, Damien; and now the wonderful Barbara Hershey is joining the mini-series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hershey will play “the world’s most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny as the Antichrist”. So she’s not going to be a background character, I see. I like it.

Hershey, most recently known for her role as Cora in Once Upon A Time, joins James and Omid Abtahi (from Better Call Saul and Argo) in the six-part Lifetime series, which will be directed by Shekhar Kapur and written/executive produced by Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazarra.

Damien will not fit exactly into the original The Omen film trilogy time wise. Rather, it features an adult Damien Thorn, who is at first unaware of his destiny and must come to terms with his role in life.  As disappointed as I am that the wonderful Sam Neill won’t be returning as the grown-up Damien (although I do suppose he is too old) I like the choice of James as the lead; he’s got just the right touch of innocence about him to make him the perfect epitome of evil.

As there’s going to be quite a bit of frightening things going on in Damien, with him being the Antichrist and all, it does seem strange that Lifetime has got the series, instead of say HBO or even The CW. Even with a fair amount of TV movie-type emotional conflict, Damien is quite a departure for a network which once called itself “Television for Women”. Perhaps it’s a good thing that Lifetime is striking out with a different genre, after all women don’t all watch the same TV shows any more then men do.

Damien is scheduled to air on Lifetime sometime this year, and I am looking forward to this latest spin on my favourite horror story.

Sara Hunter Smith