The evil nun was in director James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 (see it HERE) got its own aptly named spin-off movie The nun (see it HERE), and now The nun 2 is headed for a September 2023 release. But it’s now a well-known story that the nun wasn’t originally intended to be in The Conjuring 2. She was a last-minute replacement for a winged demon—and Wan just shared a video of that demon on her Instagram page! You can check it out in the embed below, along with the following explanation:
The original VALAK i The Conjuring 2 supposed to be this winged demon. A beautifully/creepy sculpted animatronic doll head and practical body suit by the super talented @justin.raleigh (who I’ve worked with on pretty much all of my films since Sneak 1) and his team @fracturedfxinc. worn by @j_bishara.
I think I only have one fully finished shot with CGI wings in place. It was truly magnificent and epic. But as cool as it was, it felt out of place inside Magic art the world we had built. And then during post-production I recaptured the villain – and felt it needed to be something more grounded, more personal and more sinister. And thus the demonic nun was born. We cast the amazing @bonnieaarons1 for the role (makeup by another talented Wan alumni @eleanormakeup, we’ve worked together since SO V!). All the nun stuff was shot during additional photography, including coming up with new scares like “the painting on the wall”, and using visual effects to insert the new villain into existing scenes.
Wan directed The Conjuring 2 from a screenplay he did with Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes and David Leslie Johnson. The film has the following synopsis:
In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren came out of a self-imposed sabbatical to travel to Enfield, a borough in north London. There they meet Peggy Hodgson, an overwhelmed single mother of four, who tells the couple that there is something evil in her home. Ed and Lorraine believe her story when the youngest daughter begins to show signs of demonic possession. When the Warrens try to help the beleaguered girl, they become the next targets of the malevolent spirit.
The Conjuring 2 stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney and Franka Potente. Featuring, as Wan mentioned, Bonnie Aarons as a nun.
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