Patrick Wilson to reprise role alongside Vera Farmiga in Annabelle 3

Patrick Wilson to reprise role alongside Vera Farmiga in Annabelle 3

Patrick Wilson is to reprise his role alongside Vera Farmiga in the 'Conjuring' franchise to star in the third 'Annabelle' movie.

The 45-year-old actor and Vera, 45 - who play Ed and Lorraine Warren in the film series - appeared in the earlier films in the franchise, and are set to play supporting roles in the untitled 'Annabelle' project, Deadline reports.

The third 'Annabelle' movie will open with the Warrens bringing the Annabelle doll to their Artifacts Room, assuming it will stop the doll from creating chaos.

But in actual fact, Annabelle awakens the room's evil and then targets Judy, the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter.

Mckenna Grace will play the role of Judy in the Gary Dauberman-directed movie.

Meanwhile, James Wan previously revealed he always had ambitions to turn 'The Conjuring' into something bigger.

The director - who helmed the first movie in the movie-spinning franchise - discussed his long-term ambitions for the series prior to the release of 'The Nun', which was a spin-off of 'The Conjuring 2'.

He shared: "One of the things that occurred to us early on is, 'They have a superhero universe, why can't we do that in the horror world?'

"When we were making the first 'Conjuring', it became very apparent to us that there could be a bigger universe. So many other stories that would be awesome to look into."

The upcoming 'Annabelle' film is scheduled for release in July 2019.

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