HE'S NOT THE MES­SIAH...

The star of the new Damien TV show tells all about the an­tichrist’s re­turn...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

But is the grown- up Damien a very naughty boy?

Watch out for light­ning con­duc­tors, be ex­tra- care­ful around plate glass… The an­tichrist is back in Damien – a 10- part TV se­quel to cin­e­matic hor­ror clas­sic The Omen. Mer­lin’s Bradley James takes the lead as the now adult son of Satan, though in­trigu­ingly the char­ac­ter is not yet aware of his Lu­cife­rian her­itage...

“We meet Damien on his 30th birth­day,” ex­plains James. “He’s a war pho­tog­ra­pher and he’s been do­ing that ever since he left school. He’s very good at it, largely due to the fact that he al­ways seems to be in the right place at the right time. The ques­tion the au­di­ence will be ask­ing is whether the right shots ap­pear be­cause he knows where to go or be­cause he’s there in the first place...”

As Damien strug­gles with his true na­ture, forces will be push­ing him to ac­cept his hellish ori­gins. “He is still un­aware of the dark­ness within, but he’s al­ready aware his life isn’t straight­for­ward,” says James, though he hopes that view­ers might root for Damien as well as fear his pow­ers. “There will be dif­fer­ent camps. Some peo­ple will be for Damien. Some will be very much afraid of him.”

The Omen fea­tured many dis­turb­ing mo­ments, in­clud­ing Damien’s nanny com­mit­ting sui­cide and that light­ning rod im­pale­ment. James prom­ises plenty of scares in the show as well as nods to the orig­i­nal film.

“My mum isn’t go­ing to be able to watch this,” he laughs. “But I don’t think it’s go­ing to be scary in the straight­for­ward sense. There are dark mo­ments, but at the same time, it’s not all- out hor­ror. It’s all part of the dark­ness fol­low­ing Damien.”

Damien airs on A& E in the US from 7 March, with a UK air­date TBC.

Bradley James’s Damien wants to pho­to­graph your soul…

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