‘The Conjuring’ Spinoff ‘Annabelle’ Finds Its Cast

By January 16, 2014
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According to The Wrap, the leads in The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle have been cast and principal photography on the film will begin shooting January 27 in Los Angeles.

The female lead will be played by British actress Annabelle Wallis, who I’m guessing landed the role for reasons other than her first name, because she does have some serious acting pedigree. Wallis is the niece of Richard Harris and has more than one BBC credit to her name, including the upcoming miniseries “Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond.” The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Ward Horton is also set to star.

The Conjuring‘s cinematographer John Leonetti will direct Annabelle, while The Conjuring‘s director James Wan is adding this to his busy schedule as a producer (Wan is also directing the upcoming seventh entry in the Fast & Furious franchise).

Annabelle tells the “real life” story of two nursing students who claimed their doll was haunted by a ghost. Enter ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, who discover the doll is actually possessed by an evil demon who is attempting to take young girl’s souls. Horror movie involving dolls? I’m on board, even if it is super low budget. That actually almost makes it better for me.

A sequel to the The Conjuring is also in the works, so it looks like we could have our next huge horror franchise on our hands. And in case you missed it last year, one of our writers visited the real Lorraine Warren’s home and saw the real Annabelle doll with her own eyes, so check out her write-up of that experience.

Do you plan on checking out this spin-off? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.
  • Maria Walters

    The Conjuring was so scary, I hid behind my pillow for more than half of the movie.

    • Wendy Mallatt

      Same here, but I can’t wait for the sequel to The Conjuring!! So excited.

  • Brook Sydney

    Annabelle sounds like my friday night horror movie. Hopefully comes out soon.

  • Michael5437788

    It was funny watching the paranormal “investigators” hang crosses to insult the demons, and the ghosts knocking on doors three times to mock the Catholic Trinity so that one could barely tell the two sides apart.

    My guess is this doll wasn’t manufactured by Buddhists or Shintoists, etc, or the heroes would be powerless against her, and vice versa. Though maybe it will be like ‘Seven Golden Vampires’ where religious icons of all faiths work against evil. That’s if the victims don’t just decide to ignore the devils completely, and go out bowling or something instead.

  • xhristysPrisco5452

    I thought the portion with Annabelle doll was creepy and memorable. No need to retread that story.

  • jamesPMorey334

    I hope it’s as good as The Conjuring was!