What was once merely the sleeper horror hit of 2013, The Conjuring went on to birth more than a franchise: it is an unholy shared universe, which Warner Bros. intends to build in a ever growing, expansive way. So it’d be best to think on your sins before preparing yourself for the next chapter in the wicked saga, The Nun. As the latest spinoff from the James Wan series, The Nun will follow up on the devilish ghoul in a habit who was glimpsed in 2016’s The Conjuring 2.
Previously set to be written by David Leslie, The Nun ultimately was written by Gary Dauberman, who is working from a story he penned with The Conjuring director James Wan. Dauberman is best known for writing the scripts for Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. He also co-wrote last year’s smash hit, It. Corin Hardy meanwhile will direct. This is Hardy’s second feature after 2015’s The Hallow.
Here is what you’ll need to know before getting in your Sunday best…
The Nun Trailer
Well…this looks terrifying. You should just go ahead and start praying right now for forgiveness.
The Nun Release Date
The Nun will scare up audiences when it opens on Sept. 7, 2018. That’s the same weekend that It did so well in last year.Thus we imagine WB has plenty of faith in this…
The Nun Story
The official synopsis for The Nun is appropriately ominous:
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.
Like the Annabelle movies before it, The Nun will technically be a prequel to The Conjuring films. In fact, it will be the earliest-set film in the continuity timeline with its 1952 backdrop. The film was also teased by a photograph in 2017’s Annabelle: Creation. However, it appears WB is now viewing The Nun as a continuation of a shared universe, as opposed to merely another spinoff.
We were able to glimpse the opening sequence of The Nun at SDCC earlier this year, and can vouch that one of bigger names of the film does indeed take her own life at the end of the rope… to escape an unseen demonic force that has already “taken” one of her fellow sisters. It’s ominous stuff, and James Wan promises this will be the darkest Conjuring-related movie yet.
The Nun Cast
Intriguingly, the cast is being led by Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene. Fans of horror might know her for her work on FX’s American Horror Story. However, she is also the younger sister of Vera Farmiga, the star of The Conjuring films. So the prospect that Farmiga’s young nun heroine might be related to the Warren family in The Conjuring films is an open question. The movie also stars The Hateful Eight‘s Demián Bichir. Bichir, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 2011 drama A Better Life, will play Father Burke, a priest Rome assigns to investigate the mysterious death of a nun.
The Nun also features Game of Thrones‘ Charlotte Hope (she played Myranda, the lover of Ramsay Bolton) as Sister Victoria and Romanian actress Ingrid Bisu as Sister Oana. It also of course features Bonnie Aarons, who will reprise her role as Valek/the Demonic Nun from The Conjuring 2.
The movie filmed on location in Bucharest, Romania.