The latest spin-off in The Conjuring universe, The Nun, follows the titular antagonist in a prequel to James Wan’s The Conjuring 2. The demon-nun also known as Valek made its cinematic debut in the aforementioned sequel and has arguably left a lasting impression, marking The Nun as one of the scariest icons-of-horror to emerge since the millennium.
This was due in part to the actress who played the demon, Bonnie Aarons. She absolutely stole the show with her performance. Her presence paired with her makeup/costume design and the eerie score made for a uniquely terrifying experience.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, screenwriter Gary Dauberman revealed his and Wan’s creative spin on the haunted house formula for the upcoming production:
“When [The Conjuring director] James [Wan] and I sat down, and we talked story, we wanted [it] to be a little bit more of a mission-based movie,” screenwriter Gary Dauberman revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “We wanted to give a little bit of an action-adventure flavor to it, rather than just someone moving into a house and something creepy happens.”
“Vatican officials send a priest and a novitiate to investigate the suicide of a young nun in Romania. They soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when they encounter a demonic force that takes the shape of a nun.”
The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy, and based on a screenplay penned by Wan as well as Gary Dauberman–Dauberman co-wrote the script for New Line’s massive-hit last September, It.
The film is confirmed to be released on September 7th, 2018. Given the success of It, New Line may very well dominate cinemas again this fall.
The Nun Stars:
Demián Bichir (Alien: Covenant, The Hateful Eight) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, In a Valley of Violence) as Sister Irene, Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) as Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (Outbound) as Sister Oana, Jonas Bloguet (Elle) as Frenchie, and of course Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2) reprises her spooky role as the Demon Nun.