James Wan has shared a first look at the titular demonic doll in the horror threequel Annabelle Comes Home (out June 28).
The image, posted on social media Monday, finds Annabelle on a shelf in the artifact room of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators portrayed in the Conjuring films — and now Annabelle Comes Home — by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Wan is a producer of Annabelle Comes Home, which is written and directed by Gary Dauberman and costars Mckenna Grace as the Warrens’ daughter, Judy.
In a message companying the image, Wan writes, “OK, maybe she has snuck cameos in my other recent films (which I won’t confirm or deny), BUT… she’ll very definitely be up front and center on this one! The real next chapter of THE CONJURING Universe. On June 28th #AnnabelleComesHome.”
The third Annabelle movie chronicles the spooky events that take place after the Warrens bring the devil-doll back to their house.
“It really picks up with the Warrens bringing Annabelle to the place where it can really no longer wreak havoc, which is their artifact room,” Dauberman said at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. “But, of course, it turns out she can also wreak havoc there. And she really awakens the evil within that room and they target the Warrens’ 10-year-old daughter, Judy. So, that’s the setup.”
“Annabelle basically activates all the other haunted artifacts in that room,” said Wan. “So, it’s basically A Night at the Museum, with Annabelle!”
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