Demián Bichir Signed to Star in The Conjuring Spin-Off The Nun

Posted 2017/04/05 0 0

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that actor Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight, Weeds) has signed on to star in the upcoming The Conjuring spin-off The Nun.


Plot details are being guarded by the Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City themselves, but we do know that Bichir will play Father Burke, a priest Rome assigns to investigate the mysterious death of a nun.

Film buffs will recognize Bichir from his Oscar-nominated role as Carlos in Chris Weitz’s A Better Life. He also starred as Bob in Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 Western The Hateful Eight and costars in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant. The actor, who rose to prominence through classical theatrical work, no doubt has the chops to pull off what is sure to be a heavy role. There’s nothing more dramatic than the shades of grey between Catholicism and Gothic themes, after all.

The Nun is the second spin-off to come from The Conjuring series, following in the footsteps of Annabelle, which will see its prequel film Annabelle: Creation hit theaters August 11, 2017. What makes this spin-off perhaps so remarkable is that The Nun character was a late addition to last year’s The Conjuring 2 but was quickly a favorite by horror fans and was announced to have her own feature film in development just one week after The Conjuring 2 opened. The Conjuring films and Annabelle have already earned a combined $895 million worldwide with a combined budget of just $66.5 million across the three films.

The movie will be directed by Corin Hardy, who was once tied to helm Relativity’s troubled The Crow reboot. Hardy’s next project is the action film Hell Bent, described as “Dirty Dozen Goes To Hell.” The film centers on mercenaries who go to hell to kill Satan, which sounds absolutely ridiculous but also like a lot of fun. James Wan and Gary Dauberman co-wrote The Nun’s script and both Wan and Peter Safran will produce.

The Nun, which hits theaters July 13, 2018, starts shooting in Romania (naturally) this summer.