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Demian Bichir Joins Cast of ‘Conjuring’ Spinoff ‘The Nun’

Corin Hardy directs horror film for New Line

Demian Bichir will star in the upcoming “Conjuring” spinoff “The Nun,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Bichir is set to play a priest named Father Burke who is dispatched by Rome to investigate a mysterious death of a nun.

“The Hallow” director Corin Hardy will direct the movie, written by Gary Dauberman and James Wan. “The Nun” will be produced by Wan through his Atomic Monster label and Peter Safran.

Last June, New Line announced it would release “The Nun,” the latest spinoff from the supernatural horror series that began with “The Conjuring.”

James Wan’s original 2013 film, which grossed $257 million worldwide on a budget of $6.5 million, spawned the 2014 spinoff “Annabelle” as well as the 2016 sequel “The Conjuring 2.”

“The Conjuring 2,” in which Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play husband-and-wife paranormal investigators, debuted to $40.4 million domestically last June on a $40 million budget. Worldwide, its total has come to $320.3 million. The first “Conjuring” film had a production budget of $20 million and earned $318 million worldwide.

Bichir will next star in Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” and is also currently in post-production for Alex Harvey’s “Walden.” Bichir is represented by CAA.

“The Nun” is set for release on July 13, 2018.