The demonic doll called Annabelle will make a cameo in James Wan's upcoming Aquaman movie. The evil doll was first adapted for the big screen in 2013 for the horror film The Conjuring. After the film's success, the doll was given a spinoff film titled Annabelle, and a sequel three years later called Annabelle: Creation. Annabelle was also briefly seen in The Conjuring 2.
Wan, of course, started The Conjuring universe, which currently includes a total of five films, but he directed many popular horror films before 2013. Wan became a well-known director after the success of Saw, where he would then go on to direct Dead Silence and Insidious. While the director is probably most known for his horror creations, Wan also directed Furious 7 in 2015, which was the same year Warner Bros. announced Wan would be directing Aquaman. Aquaman will reunite Wan with The Conjuring's star Patrick Wilson, who plays King Orm, but it appears Aquaman will have another Conjuring connection.
Cinema Blend has recently confirmed that Annabelle can be spotted in Aquaman, although it sounds like it is a blink and you miss it cameo. Cinema Blend explains that the evil doll can be spotted on the ocean floor early on in the movie when Arthur Curry and Mera are boarding her ship for a mission. When asking Wan about the cameo, Wan joked, "I don't know what you are referring to. [laughs] I have no idea what Easter Egg you are referencing here, if it's an Easter egg. ... Maybe Patrick Wilson is really Ed Warren pretending to be King Orm? What can I say? I'd like to see that film, how about that?".
Aside from her brief cameo in Aquaman, Annabelle will return to the big screen once more in 2019 when Annabelle 3 is released. Not much is known about Annabelle 3 just yet, but the film will be set in the Warren's home after Annabelle is put into the artifact room. Apart from Annabelle's story, The Conjuring 3 is still in development, and Warner Bros. is also developing a movie set around the Crooked Man from the second Conjuring film. While Wan isn't returning to direct any of these films, he will act as producer for all three.
Even though Wan is now directing massive Hollywood blockbusters, it's good to see that he hasn't forgotten his horror roots. The director has proven he has what it takes to direct more than one genre of film, with Furious 7 receiving mostly positive reviews, and fans praising Aquaman for being both fun and visually breathtaking. If Aquaman turns out to be a success, it could open plenty of more doors for Wan, but fans will always remember him for his contributions to the horror genre.
Source: Cinema Blend
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Annabelle Comes Home (2019) release date: Jun 28, 2019