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Hannah Grace role

The pivotal title role of Hannah Grace was one of the factors that were vital to the project’s success. She is the ill-fated girl who loses her life in the unsettling exorcism that opens the film. There is a violent, vicious demonic force that has taken over Hannah’s body. It isn’t content to let a thing like her death put an end to its reign of terror.

When her cadaver arrives in the morgue, the evil spirit senses a perfect opportunity to wage continued destruction, claiming a mounting roster of new victims as it pursues its real quarry, Megan.

“The cadaver inflicts pain and terror on its mission to find the best host body to become as strong as possible—each time she kills, her body heals itself,” Robins says.

“When we started talking about our cadaver and how to cast her, we knew that we were looking for someone who understands movement, who can manipulate her body. It’s always going to be scarier if you’re not using CG. If you’re actually using someone whose body will do the things that you need the character to do.”

Possession of Hannah Grace The (2019) – Poster: Hannah Grace (Kirby Johnson) ©2018 CTMG, Screen Gems

Kirby Johnson, dancer, and model

Kirby Johnson, who is a dancer and model was cast as the teenager. Johnson began dancing in her hometown of Key Largo, Florida, at the age of 11. It was her performance background, her agility and her incredible flexibility were key to her landing the role.

“I don’t think a normal non-dancer could have played something so physically specific,” Kirby says. “When I first talked to Diederik, he was very excited that I could do all these crazy movements so they wouldn’t have to devise effects or edit me digitally. He was just ecstatic about all the weird, creepy stuff I can do, like pop my shoulders out of their sockets. At the same time, he was very protective of me while we were working.”

The Possession of Hannah Grace Movie is now on Digital download and on Blu-ray February 26, 2019.

The Possession of Hannah Grace Lowdown

Synopsis: A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman.

Months later, Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is working the graveyard shift in the morgue. She takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver… Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions. She starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.

Cast: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson, and Stana Katic

Possession of Hannah Grace The (2019) – Poster: Megan (Shay Mitchell) ©2018 CTMG, Screen Gems