He raised hell for his parents as a boy in 1976's The Omen, and in Damien, Lifetime's upcoming follow-up series based on the classic horror film, viewers will see an adult Damien Thorn try to cope with the frightening fact that he is the spawn of Satan. We now know who will play the show's titular role, as well as the creative mind that will helm the first episode of the series.

According to Deadline, Bradley James, who played Arthur Pendragon, the noble future Camelot king on BBC One's Merlin TV show, has been cast as Damien in Lifetime's The Omen series. It's also been announced that Shekhar Kapur, who has helmed films such as Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, will direct and executive produce the first episode of Damien.

The six-episode series is written and executive produced by former The Walking Dead showrunner/writer Glen Mazzara and was ordered straight-to-series by Lifetime back in August. The first episode is expected to premiere early next year.

Fans of The Omen franchise have seen a matured Damien before: both as a pre-teen in Damien: Omen II and as an adult in 1981's Omen III: The Final Conflict, so it should be interesting to see Mazzara's take on a grown-up Damien in a modern-day setting. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

"Produced by Fox Television Studios and based on Twentieth Century Fox’s classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages."

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Source: Deadline
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