James Wan Explains How 'The Nun' Ties Into the 'Conjuring' Universe; Here's Everything We Know

James Wan Explains How 'The Nun' Ties Into the 'Conjuring' Universe; Here's Everything We Know

Aug 29, 2018

Do you have a craving for more creepy horror movies from the Conjuring franchise? Well, The Nun is coming to satisfy your habit -- pun intended. This one is a prequel spin-off of the first Conjuring sequel, as we were introduced to the "Demon Nun" Valak in the 2016 release The Conjuring 2. And it's being sold as its "darkest chapter."

With less than two weeks until the release of The Nun, Warner Bros. and Movieclips have unleashed an exclusive new featurette in which the filmmakers, including producer James Wan, talk about how the upcoming movie fits into the greater Conjuring cinematic universe. There's a lot of scary footage to be found in the video, too. Watch it down below.

First, check out everything we know about the movie, including the first poster, which will look great on the wall of your bedroom, provided you're interested in having nightmares every night.

When does The Nun take place in the Conjuring franchise timeline?

This movie is set in 1952, which makes it 25 years ahead of the plot of The Conjuring 2, which is where we first met Valak, the "Demon Nun." And it's seven years after the main events of the prequel installment Annabelle: Creation, which is where we last saw Valak -- of course, that was in a 1952-set postscript. 

What is the plot of the movie? 

The Nun follows the investigation into a mysterious suicide by a nun in Romania, as the Vatican sends a priest "with a haunted past" and a young nun just finishing her vows to discover what happened. Of course, Valak, the "Demon Nun" is somehow involved and haunting the newly introduced characters. According to the official synopsis: 

Together [the priest and young nun] uncover the order’s unholy secret.  Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. 

Who stars in The Nun?

Character actress Bonnie Aarons is reprising her role as Valak, the "Demon Nun," while Taissa Farmiga follows in her sister Vera's footsteps by joining the franchise as Sister Irene, presumably the nun from the Vatican. Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir, last seen in Alien: Covenant, plays the priest. The movie also features Jonas Bloquet (Elle), as a local villager, plus Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) and Ingrid Bisu (Toni Erdmann) as nuns of the order being investigated.

Who is the director?

Corin Hardy, who directed the 2015 horror movie The Hallow, is at the helm of The Nun

Who wrote the screenplay?

Gary Dauberman, who wrote the Annabelle movies within the Conjuring franchise and co-wrote It and its upcoming sequel, penned the script based on a story conceived by himself and series producer (and its original director) James Wan.

When does it come out?

The Nun arrives in theaters on September 7.

How does the movie fit into the Conjuring cinematic universe?

This is where it all begins. To explain the timeline and how The Nun fits into the franchise, Wan and others involved with the Conjuring universe appear in the video below, explaining how everything is connected.


Here's the full trailer for The Nun:


And here's the poster: 

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