It has been confirmed today that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are reprising their iconic Conjuring roles, once again playing real-life demon hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren in the forthcoming Annabelle film.
The addition of Wilson and Farmiga is fantastic news for Conjuring fans, as it will mark the first time that the famed paranormal investigators have appeared in a spin-off comprising newly-filmed footage. (They appeared in The Nun, but this was a re-spin of a previous Conjuring scene).
They won’t be just simply appearing in this film either, they are set to star. The whole of the new film will be set around the pair, and of course…Anabelle.
This third installment in the Annabelle series was announced in April, and a July 2019 release date was also set. Writer Gary Dauberman (writer of The Nun, It, and the two previous Annabelle films), who unsurprisingly also penned this new Conjuring spin-off’s script, will also be making his directorial debut.
Dauberman shed some light on the premise of the movie at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International…
“The script really picks up with the Warrens bringing Annabelle to the place where it (Annabelle) can really no longer wreak havoc, which is their artifact room,” he said. “But, of course, it turns out she can also wreak havoc there. And she really awakens the evil within that room and they target the Warrens’ 10-year-old daughter, Judy. So, that’s the set-up.”
“Annabelle basically activates all the other haunted artifacts in that room,” he continued. “So, it’s basically A Night at the Museum, with Annabelle!”
Dauberman finally had this to say: “It’s really bringing Annabelle back home, and sort of the whole franchise to a degree, after going…I was out there in Romania for a couple months making The Nun, you know, you get homesick from being away from family, and that really kind of informed my creative direction for this movie. It’s all about the artifact room; it’s the Warren’s house, so it’s sort of in suburbia… For me, it’s sort of bringing the franchise back home and then bringing in the idea of a horror movie happening inside the Warren’s house where there’s this room in their basement that houses all these kinds of evil and horror. We are going to have a lot of fun and a lot of scares with that”.
To this day, the real Annabelle doll remains the most notable piece in the Warrens’ collection of demonically touched items.
The as-of-yet untitled Annabelle film will hit theatres on July 3rd, 2019.