There’s bad news and good news for the inhabitants of the Conjuring universe: The bad news is that the evil Annabelle doll is back with a vengeance, but the good news is that paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are officially returning to work as well, and they’re always up for a challenge.
After starring in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles as the ghostbusters of the horror genre in the upcoming third Annabelle film, EW has confirmed. The untitled sequel marks the sixth film in the franchise, which also includes Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun.
The new installment will focus on Annabelle’s latest target: the Warrens’ 10-year-old daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace). The Warrens are no strangers to the malicious doll, which they first encountered in the original Conjuring, but Ed and Lorraine will let the younger generation lead the fight against ancient evil this time around, with Farmiga and Wilson playing supporting roles.
Both actors are longtime collaborators with franchise creator and The Conjuring director James Wan. Aside from starring in the first and third Conjuring universe films, Wilson played main character Josh Lambert in Wan’s Insidious in 2010, and Famiga’s younger sister, Taissa, starred in this year’s The Nun.
Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter of Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun, will make his directorial debut on the third Annabelle movie, which is slated for release in July.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news about Wilson and Farmiga.