The television adaptation of Robert Kirkam's "Outcast" will premiere on Cinemax on June 3, and according to early reviews, the show is not for the squeamish sort. The first episode is titled "A Darkness Surrounds Him" and it will introduce viewers to Patrick Fugit's Kyle Barnes, who has been targeted by dark forces all his life. He teams up with Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) to battle these dark forces, and the premiere episode will show them dealing with demonic possessions.
The official synopsis for the episode reads: "Kyle Barnes confronts a possession case and begins to delve into the secrets of his past."
Kirkman recently took part in a Reddit AMA where he spoke about "Outcast," which has already been renewed for a second season. On being asked if it will be a carbon copy of the comics, Kirkman said: "Like TWD [The Walking Dead] there will be scenes here and there that are adapted almost exactly but there is a LOT of new material in the series. I'd wager that there's actually more new material because we don't have 100+ comics to draw from. So because of that, reading the comic and watching the show will be a much more complete experience with a little less chance of one spoiling the other."
The series is also expected to be high on violence, and the first episode will see Kyle helping with an exorcism by violently punching Gabriel Bateman's Joshua Austin in the face. "Outcast is a BRUTAL show. At times... I even worry that we went too far... but that just makes me want to go further," Kirkman said in the Reddit AMA.
The first season will contain 10 episodes and there will not be a mid-season break.
"Outcast" airs Fridays on Cinemax. From June 3, Fox will show every episode of the horror drama weekly across the globe within hours of its U.S. transmission.