The Conjuring universe has expanded so rapidly that it’s hard to keep track of which characters belong to which spinoff series. Along with the original set of films, we’ve now got separate spinoff series for Annabelle, The Nun, and likely the upcoming The Crooked Man too. You’d be forgiven for getting these all mixed up.
Fortunately this news is relatively simple. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who portrayed paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren in the original Conjuring and its sequel, are set to return and reprise their roles in Annabelle 3.
Gary Dauberman, having penned the script for the previous two Annabelle films, will step behind the camera for this one to make his directorial debut. As series producer James Wan revealed at Comic-Con earlier this year, Annabelle 3 will take us back to the Warren househould where the titular doll will rally a bunch of demons who are hiding in the Warren artefact room.
Wan said at the time: “Annabelle basically activates all the other haunted artefacts in that room, so it’s basically Night At The Museum with Annabelle“.
Although Farmiga and Wilson are back, they’re expected to be in supporting roles, as the film will mostly revolve around their daughter Judy, who had the first memorable, terrifying encounter with Annabelle in the first film. This film will see her forced to fend off the evil entities with the help of her cousin and their friend, who are babysitting her.
McKenna Grace is set to play Judy, having recently made a name for herself on Netflix’s new series The Haunting Of Hill House, while she’s also set to play the young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.
Annabelle 3 will be the sixth film in the Conjuring universe, and don’t expect the franchise to slow down any time soon. Corin Hardy‘s The Nun grossed an impressive $55 million in its opening weekend alone, and along with Annabelle 3, New Line is also developing The Conjuring 3 with Michael Chaves (The Curse Of La Llarona) directing.
Annabelle 3, which is expected to have a slightly modified title eventually, begins filming this week, and is set to arrive in cinemas July 3, 2019.