American Horror Story star Taissa Farmiga has joined the cast of The Conjuring 2 spinoff, The Nun. While Farmiga made a name for herself in the first season of FX’s AHS (subtitled Murder House) and came back for the third season with Coven, she’s not only actress from the Farmiga family to enjoy some high profile success. Her older sister, Vera Farmiga, has been in the business for 20 years, landing such high profile films as The Departed and Up in the Air (which earn her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), as well as the coveted role of Norma Bates on the A&E series Bates Motel; a prequel series leading up to the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic Psycho.
But perhaps Vera Farmiga’s most high-profile projects came with The Conjuring and its sequel, which both scared up enough success at the box office to warrant spinoffs with the creepy demonic doll thriller Annabelle – and now with The Nun. And, in an unexpected twist of fate, Taissa Farmiga is going to become a part of the horror movie franchise that her big sister helped create.
According to Deadline, Taissa Farmiga has signed on to star as the young nun in The Nun opposite Demián Bichir. The title character is based on the frightening apparition from The Conjuring 2, where Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprised their roles as real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Based on the character’s shockingly memorable appearance in the film (both in ghost form and Ed Warren’s haunting portrait), The Nun – scheduled for theatrical release in Summer 2018 – certainly has a strong enough foundation to justify a spinoff movie.
From a casting standpoint, director Corin Hardy’s horror thriller has a lot going for it so far, not only with Bichir – who plays a priest who travels to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of the titular nun – but Taissa Farmiga, who has impressed since her breakthrough role in AHS. Both Taissa Farmiga and Bichir’s addition to the cast helps firm up The Nun‘s backbone.
While one can only hope for more Conjuring films based on the case files of the Warrens, The Nun is promising to be an thrilling chapter in the film’s franchise. In the meantime, New Line is definitely playing it smart with the pacing of its spinoff films (Annabelle: Creation is up next in August) – and given the number of ghastly items in the Warrens’ safely-guarded collection room, the studio may be delivering us more fright flicks for many more years to come.