Anthony Hopkins joins THE RITE March 1, 2010 Hopkins go supernatural! Anthony Hopkins is reportedly leading the cast in the supernatural thriller The Rite. Based on true events, the story centres on an American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican and finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces. Hopkins will play a priest whose exorism methods are considered unconventional. Adapted from a novel by Matt Baglio, the film will be helmed by Derailed-director Mikael Hafstrom.