The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was getting Al Pacino to play him. We don’t know if he’ll do it again, but our trusted and proven sources tell us Regency Enterprises is working on The Devil’s Advocate 2. Better yet, they assure us Keanu Reeves is returning to the role of Kevin Lomax, the devil’s son.
It remains to be seen whether or not any of the other major players from the first film will join Keanu Reeves for The Devil’s Advocate 2. At the age of 83, Pacino — who plays John Milton, aka the devil, in the first film — is still very active in the industry.
The Devil’s Advocate may not have wooed critics but it made $153 million against a $57 million production budget.
It would be expected Charlize Theron, who played Kevin Lomax’s wife Mary Ann in the original, may be approached about reprising her role. Connie Nielsen’s Christabella–Kevin Lomax’s seductive half-sister–doesn’t survive the events of the first film, but when it comes to supernatural horror, exactly how much does that matter?
It’s surprising it’s taken over two decades for the ball to get rolling on The Devil’s Advocate 2. Releasing in 1997, The Devil’s Advocate may not have wooed critics, but it made $153 million against a $57 million production budget. Not to mention the film’s conclusion hints at a sequel, with Pacino’s version of the devil revealing himself to still be manipulating his wayward son.
We’ve exclusively learned that Keanu Reeves is returning to the role of attorney Kevin Lomax in The Devil’s Advocate 2.
There have been attempts to create spin-offs of The Devil’s Advocate since the original’s release. In 2017, Andrew Neiderman — the novelist whose book the first film is based upon — told the International Business Times he had written the prequel novel Judgement Day and was hoping it would be adapted to television. Attempts to adapt such a series were made, but none came to fruition.
No doubt part of the reason The Devil’s Advocate 2‘s time has finally come is because of movie studios turning more and more to horror movies to help their bottom line. Compared to the genre blockbusters that are proving to be a bit more miss than hit these days, horror flicks have smaller budgets and often greater potential for big returns. This past weekend’s surprise success for The Exorcist: Believer is proof of that.
Whatever The Devil’s Advocate 2 winds up costing, for example, it will in most likelihood not even begin to approach the cost of Keanu Reeves’ most recent film: John Wick: Chapter 4, whose production budget was $100 million.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was getting Al Pacino to play him.
Keanu Reeves plays defense attorney Kevin Lomax in 1997’s The Devil’s Advocate. After Lomax secures an acquittal for a child molester he knows to be guilty, he’s recruited by a New York City law firm run by John Milton (Pacino). We eventually learn Milton is in truth the devil and Kevin is his son. Milton isn’t just interested in a family reunion: he needs his son to help him create the Antichrist and bring about the final battle between good and evil.
Once we know more about the upcoming The Devil’s Advocate 2, we’ll make sure to update you.