New Line Cinema’s Annabelle 2 has just begun shooting in Los Angeles with Lights Out director David F. Sandberg at the helm. The sequel to 2014’s The Conjuring spinoff stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Anne Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace), Miranda Otto (Homeland), and newcomer Tayler Buck.
Annabelle 2 was written by Annabelle‘s screenwriter Gary Dauberman. James Wan and Peter Safran are on board as producers, and New Line’s aiming for a May 19, 2017 theatrical release. The first Annabelle hit theaters on October 3, 2014 and grossed $257 million before exiting theaters. Annabelle was directed by John R. Leonetti (The Butterfly Effect 2) and starred Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, and an extremely creepy, nightmare-inducing doll.
The Plot: In Annabelle 2, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.