Between The Conjuring and its overly successful sequel The Enfield Poltergeist, actress Vera Farmiga has spent the better part of four years investigating supernatural abnormalities as Lorraine Warren, one half of New Line’s crack team opposite Patrick Wilson’s Ed Warren.
Since 2013, those two paranormal investigators have anchored the studio’s lucrative horror franchise, which has since spawned a nerve-shredding spinoff based on Annabelle, the creepy doll that somehow manages to send shivers down your spine even when it’s doing nothing at all. It’ll get a prequel of its own, aptly titled Annabelle: Creation, in August of this year, but New Line’s Conjuring series is ready to extend its tentacles in a whole new direction with The Nun.
Mining inspiration from James Wan’s aforementioned horror sequel, The Nun cherry-picks the title entity that first peered out of the shadows in The Conjuring 2. Bonnie Aarons brought the specter to life (?) last year – incidentally, Wan shoehorned the Nun into the sequel’s story via reshoots, so it’s a small wonder that the character is about to headline her own standalone pic – but Deadline has today unearthed some exciting cast news: Taissa Farmiga, the younger sister of Vera, has climbed aboard the Corin Hardy-directed in the title role.
Alien: Covenant star Demian Bichir recently signed on to play Father Burke, a priest sent from Rome to investigate the mysterious passing of a Catholic sister (Farmiga). Beyond that, there are previous few story details available, but we do know that James Wan co-wrote the screenplay with Gary Dauberman.
Deadline’s report also states that The Nun ought to be summoned in front of the cameras in Romania sometime this summer ahead of its release on July 13th, 2018. Annabelle: Creation, meanwhile, will slink into theaters on August 11th of this year.