Following the first look photo that director David F. Sandberg revealed yesterday, the first trailer for Annabelle 2 has arrived today. This trailer gives us our first look at Miranda Otto's character, along with a sneak peek at Annabelle's origins. We don't know when the first full trailer will arrive, but this footage hints that this follow-up could be just as terrifying as the original.
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. Anthony LaPaglia (TV's Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime's Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) play the dollmaker and his wife. The trailer debuted on Warner Bros. YouTube channel earlier today.
Annabelle 2 also stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (upcoming Ouija 2, Deliver Us From Evil), Philippa Anne Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Foxcatcher, The Last Witch Hunter) and Tayler Buck. This horror sequel is directed by David F. Sandberg and produced by Peter Safran and James Wan (The Conjuring movies). The screenplay was written by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote the original thriller Annabelle.
This horror sequel marks David. F. Sandberg's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed feature debut Lights Out, which terrified audiences this summer. The low-budget thriller made $66.8 million domestically and $75.1 million worldwide for a worldwide tally of $141.9 million, from just a $4.9 million budget. Lights Out was based on an innovative short film that David F. Sanberg directed, which inspired the feature film.
Warner Bros. has set a May 19, 2017 release date for this horror sequel, which will go up against a number of summer heavy hitters. The sequel will arrive alongside the highly-anticipated Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson, the animated sequel The Nut Job 2 and the family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The original Annabelle earned $84.2 million domestically and $172.6 million internationally for $256.8 million worldwide, from just a $6.5 million budget, so it's possible that this sequel could be another profitable low-budget hit. Take a look at the first trailer below for Annabelle 2.