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Madison Iseman, one of the young stars of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has nabbed a lead role in New Line’s latest Annabelle movie project.
Iseman will star in the as-yet untitled third installment of the popular horror franchise, itself a spinoff from the Conjuring films, opposite McKenna Grace, who portrayed a young Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
Gary Dauberman, who wrote the two previous Annabelle installments, penned the latest chapter and also will make his directorial debut on the pic. The project is set to begin shooting later this month, and New Line has set July 3, 2019, as a release date.
James Wan is producing via his Atomic Monster banner along with Peter Safran of The Safran Company. Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear will executive produce.
The script once again centers on the demonically possessed doll, this time as she is placed by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in a location where they believe she can no longer wreak havoc: their Artifacts Room. (Boy, are they going to be wrong.)
Grace will play the Warrens’ daughter, while Iseman will play the babysitter, both of whom have to deal with terror as, in Night at the Museum fashion, the Artifacts Room comes alive thanks to Annabelle’s instigation. (Told you they were going to be wrong.)
It is unclear at this stage whether Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who portrayed the Warrens in the Conjuring movies, will make an appearance in the new Annabelle feature.
The project will be the sixth movie in New Line’s horror franchise known as The Conjuring Universe and spun out of the 2013 original pic. The franchise has grossed over $1.68 billion worldwide and the most recent outing, The Nun, just became the highest-grossing entry yet, topping $330 million.
In 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Iseman played Bethany, the vain social media-addicted popular girl who learns a few lessons when she is later turned into the avatar played by Jack Black in the Jumanji world. The actress next stars in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which is set to open Oct. 12, and also will appear in the indies The F* It List and Riot Girls.
Iseman is repped by Paradigm, Zero Gravity Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
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