James Wan (Insidious) has begun courting actors for his upcoming New Line film, The Conjuring. Patrick Wilson (Young Adult, Watchmen and Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Orphan) are both said to be eyeing roles.
Per Variety, “James Wan and New Line have selected Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson to star in the horror pic ‘The Conjuring.’ The two thesps are in final negotiations to star and Wan is on board to direct. Chad and Carey Hayes sold the original pitch.”
The project is inspired by the true-life story of the Perron family, who claimed they “lived among the dead” in the 1970s as spirits both friendly and sinister inhabited their Rhode Island farmhouse.
The film, “inspired by the supernatural events that happened in the Rhode Island home of the Perron family,” would have the director returning to the realm of domestic haunts. Originally on Summit’s radar, New Line stepped in and bought the pitch when talks fell through.
Wan is also the co-creator of the Saw franchise.