With filming finally starting on the highly anticipated sequel, James Wan has a new The nun 2 behind the scenes photo confirming the return of another original character. A sequel to the hit of 2018 conjure spin-off, the sequel to the 2023 horror film, will once again follow Taissa Farmiga’s sister Irene as she is called upon to investigate the 1956 murder of a priest in France, seemingly related to the iconic demon Valak. In addition to Farmiga, The nun 2 is slated to see the return of Bonnie Aarons in the titular role, while the introduction of The Invisible Man‘s Storm Reid to the horror franchise.
Development on The nun 2 has been going on since the original movie became the highest-grossing the incantation Universe film to date, raking in over $365 million against its $22 million production budget. After years of silence, the film finally picked up steam last April when Michael Chaves, who was previously at the helm, The Curse of La Llorona and The incantation: the devil made me do it, was appointed to direct. After a casting call seemingly confirmed her return, last month brought the official announcement that Farmiga would be returning for The nun 2and it looks like she won’t be the only one coming back for the sequel.
Producer James Wan went to Instagram to share the first The nun 2 BTS photo. In addition to announcing that filming for the horror sequel has begun, Wan tagged actor Jonas Bloquet in the post, confirming that he is another original character returning for the film. Check out the BTS photo above:
Where will The Nun 2 fall in the Conjuring universe?
With the film set in 1956, The nun 2 would fall as the third chronological story within The Conjuring Universe, just a few years after its predecessor, but also a year later Annabelle: Creation, which herself is a nod to Valak and the Romanian monastery where she came from. This also establishes that the sequel takes place about 15 years before the events of the original the incantation, in which Vera Farmiga’s Lorraine Warren first came into contact with Valak through hers and Patrick Wilson’s Ed trying to exorcise the demon of a man originally called only Maurice Theriault. The public would come later to learn how Maurice came into possession of Valak in the nunfeaturing Jonas Bloquet’s Frenchie being attacked by the demon in the final act of the film, and a recreation of the footage shown in the original the incantation with Bloquet now portraying Frenchie in favor of Christof Veillon.
Given the initial ending of the original film, Frenchie still saw relative control over himself when he brought Sister Irene and Demián Bichir’s father Burke back to civilization, it’ll be interesting to see how he fare. The nun 2. Some have theorized that Valak may briefly own another character, so as not to create a timeline problem regarding her and Frenchie’s ties to the original conjure, but with Bloquet back for the sequel, it seems equally likely that Sister Irene will attempt to clear her friend of the demonic spirit. Only time will tell when The nun 2 opens in theaters on September 8, 2023.
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