Warner Bros. reveals a new look at the upcoming spinoff of The Conjuring, with The Nun and American Horror Story‘s Taissa Farmiga.
The movie is a prequel and takes place in the early 1950s in Romania about the origin of the evil spirit known as Valak, which was featured in The Conjuring 2.
Taissa Farmiga plays Sister Irene.
“She had a difficult and isolating childhood,” Farmiga told EW about her character. “She experienced these visions that set her apart from her peers and eventually led her to a life in the church.”
The article notes Sister Irene and Father Burke, played by Demian Bichir, are tasked by the Vatican to investigate a mysterious death; Farmiga reveals, “there’s some sort of presence that shouldn’t be there.”
The Conjuring 2 actress Bonnie Aarons also reprises as The Nun, with director Corin Hardy comparing her to the legendary Freddy Krueger.
“When I got The Nun, I called up New Line and was like, ‘We have secured the actress that plays the Nun, right?’ ”he said. “Even in the short space of time she was on screen [in The Conjuring 2], she owns that role in the same way that Robert Englund owns Freddy [Krueger].”
The Nun gets released September 7, 2018.
Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with “The Nun.” Directed by Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest is produced by Wan and by Peter Safran, who has produced all the films in “The Conjuring” franchise.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
The Nun” stars Oscar nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie.
The cast also includes Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her “Conjuring 2” role as the title character.
Hardy directs “The Nun” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“It”), story by James Wan & Gary Dauberman. Dauberman, Todd Williams and Michael Clear are the executive producers.
Joining Hardy behind the scenes are director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Voices,” “Annabelle: Creation”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Annabelle: Creation,” “Lights Out,” the “Insidious” films), editors Michel Aller (“Lights Out,” “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”) and Ken Blackwell ( “Ouija” “Friday the 13th”), and costume designer Sharon Gilham (TV’s “Black Mirror”). The music is by Abel Korzeniowski (“Nocturnal Animals”).
New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster / Safran Company production, “The Nun.” Opening in theaters on September 7, 2018, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.