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The Conjuring 4 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

Overall, The Conjuring movie universe has a total of eight movies and counting, but there are only three official "The Conjuring" films — "The Conjuring," "The Conjuring 2," and the newly released horror hit, "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It." Starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed Warren, a real-life couple who advertised themselves as paranormal investigators, the movie series is a fictional dramatization of some of their most famous cases. 

The first film, "The Conjuring," focuses on the story of the Perron family who moved into an old house in Rhode Island when strange supernatural encounters start happening. The Warrens visited the family and tried to help them get rid of the supposed spirits that haunted the house, resulting in a terrifying, highly publicized experience. The movie adaptation builds upon the Perrons' story, adding more supernatural scares and establishing its own ghostly mythology that plays into future films. 

"The Conjuring" and the following films in the series have all been extremely successful. The most recent installment, "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," received mixed reviews from critics, but despite that, it's still done very well, and the fans clearly want more. So the question is, will we get "The Conjuring 4"? 

When will The Conjuring 4 come out?

As of right now, Warner Bros. has not officially greenlit a fourth film, but there's really no reason not to. While the universe of "The Conjuring" keeps expanding, with films like "The Crooked Man" and a sequel to 2018's "The Nun" in development, the main "The Conjuring" films continue to be the most successful, the base that the spinoff films stand on. The main question for "The Conjuring 4" is whether or not the movie's stars, Farmiga and Wilson, are willing to sign on for another adventure as Ed and Lorraine. Previously, both actors have been very open about their desire to continue playing the Warrens (Empire via Dread Central).

If Farmiga and Wilson want to come back, then the studio will likely say yes to another film. As for when fans might see it, that's hard to guess. "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" was greenlit back in 2017, not long after the second film was released (via Deadline). Even before COVID-19 hit, causing delays all over the entertainment industry, the newest "the Conjuring" movie took a long time to get going. With any luck, a fourth film will be announced soon and hit the ground running. If that's the case, the earliest fans could see "The Conjuring 4" would be about two years from now, but considering the whole situation, we'd bet our money on it taking three or more years, unfortunately. 

Who will be in the cast of The Conjuring 4?

On top of Farmiga and Wilson, there are only a few people who we could guess would appear in another installment. Sterling Jerins, the young actress who plays Judy Warren, the daughter of Ed and Lorraine, in both "The Conjuring 2" and "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," would likely return as well, along with Steve Coulter as Father Gordon, the Warrens' spiritual advisor who has appeared in all of the "The Conjuring" films, as well as "Annabelle Comes Home." If Farmiga and Wilson return, Coulter is sure to come along with them. 

Fans are also likely to see Joseph Bishara again, a composer and actor who plays various demons in The Conjuring movie universe, including Bathsheba in "The Conjuring," the Annabelle Demon in "Annabelle: Creation," and a few others. If the story brings back the Demon Nun, or Valak, who appears in "The Conjuring 2" and the spinoff film, then fans may see Bonnie Aarons as the terrifying spirit again as well. 

Along with that small group of actors, The Conjuring franchise usually expands the story and adds characters with each new film, so there are likely to be plenty of new people in "The Conjuring 4." In "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," a few new faces include Ruairi O'Connor as Arne Cheyenne Johnson, Sarah Catherine Hook as Debby Glatzel, Julian Hilliard as David Glatzel, and John Noble as Kastner. Who knows, if there's another movie, they might bring back a few of these characters too. 

What is the plot of The Conjuring 4?

Each movie in the main series of The Conjuring universe focuses on a different Warren case. In "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," the story is about O'Connor's character, Arne, based on a young man who killed his landlord in 1981 and attempted to argue that he was possessed by a demon who the Warrens exorcised from an 11-year-old boy, Hilliard's David. Along with this story and the haunting of the Perron family from the first film, the horror film franchise also features the tale of the Enfield poltergeist, the Amityville killings, and of course, the Annabelle doll.  

So what could a fourth film possibly be about? A couple other notorious cases that the Warrens investigated over the years include the supposed haunting of the Snedeker family in Connecticut in 1986, which is the basis of the 2009 horror film "The Haunting in Connecticut," as well as the Smurl haunting in Pennsylvania, which consisted of Jack and Janet Smurl's reports that they were haunted by a demon from 1974 to 1989 (NBC Connecticut, The Ledger). Ed and Lorraine also claimed to have gotten video footage of the legendary "White Lady" of Union Cemetery in Weston, Connecticut, right near where they lived (Daily Voice). 

On top of the cases the real Warrens covered, it would be cool to see the couple take on a different well-known haunting, as it is a fictional horror movie after all. Why not have Ed and Lorraine look into a supposedly haunted prison or old hotel, or go to the site of well-known murder cases like the Villisca axe murders or the crimes of Lizzie Borden?