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The Nun 2 cast, plot, trailer, reviews, release date, and more

Valak from The Conjuring movies has returned once more with The Nun 2 release date. Here's everything to know about the cast, plot, reviews, and more news.

The Nun 2 release date

What is The Nun 2 release date? First introduced in 2016’s The Conjuring 2, Valak, the Demon Nun, was one of those big screen icons you can’t couldn’t away from. The sinister sister’s hideous habit is the Halloween costume go-to, and now the comeback is here.

It was inevitable that Warner Bros would capitalize on The Conjuring‘s success and create spin-off films from the best horror movies ever made. The first was titled The Nun (how creative), and the prequel saw Sister Irene dispatched to a remote monastery that was being besieged by an unseen unholy force. Spoilers: It was Valak, one of the best movie villains around, and Sister Irene was lucky to escape the ghoul with her life.

It was a huge success, becoming the highest-grossing movie among The Conjuring films. So a sequel was assured. We’ve consulted our big book of demonology to bring you everything you need to know about The Nun 2 cast, plot, reviews, and more.

Who’s in The Nun 2 cast?

Bonnie Aarons returned as Valak (aka: the Nun) for the cast of The Nun 2, and she’s not the only familiar face. Taissa Farmiga also reprised her role as Sister Irene.

This time, she was joined by Anna Popplewell as Kate and Storm Reid as Lisa, a nun in training. Michael Chaves, who previously directed the third Conjuring movie, came aboard to direct. For more on The Nun 2 cast, check out our full guide.

Here is the full The Nun 2 cast list:

  • Storm Reid as Lisa
  • Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene
  • Anna Popplewell as Kate
  • Katelyn Rose Downey as Sophie
  • Bonnie Aarons as Valak / the Nun
  • Jonas Bloquet as Maurice ‘Frenchie’ Theriault
  • Aaron-Jon North as Demon Goat

The Nun 2 release date: Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene being stalked

The Nun 2 release date and reviews

The Nun 2 was released in cinemas on Friday, September 8, 2023, and received middling reviews.

In our own The Nun 2 review, Emma-Jane Betts wrote that “The Nun 2 is a massive improvement from its 2018 predecessor but is ultimately hampered by its script and abundance of cheap scares.”

Elsewhere, critics said that The Nun II feels a little one-note, and also mentioned that while it might have been an improvement on its predecessor, it still doesn’t mark an uptick for the franchise.

Mark Kennedy from Associated Press wrote that The Nun 2 was “a movie that seems destined to pound a nail into this franchise’s undead coffin,” while Bloody Disgusting‘s Meagan Navarro wrote that it “makes for a livelier entry that stumbles in its excess and can’t capture what made Valak so scary in the first place.”

The Nun 2 release date: Valak grabs a man

The Nun 2 trailer

The Nun 2’s first trailer dropped on July 6, 2023, giving us a proper look at the return of Valak.

The trailer has a pretty ominous opening. We also got a real tease of Taissa Farmiga’s return as Sister Irene. Creepy statues, religious imagery, and nuns abound in this first look. Watch for yourself below:

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What’s The Nun 2 about?

The Nun 2 follows Sister Irene, living a secluded life in an Italian convent, but her peaceful life comes to an end when she once again finds herself terrorized by the demon Valak who possesses her old friend Maurice.

She’s initially living in a new covenant but must return to battle Valak once again when she hears that religious figures all over France are dying under mysterious circumstances.

Of course, it’s not great news for Maurice, either, since the poor guy was possessed in the first movie, and now finds himself in the clutches of Valak, taking the demon from church to church, and eventually landing up at a girls’ boarding school.

The Nun 2 release date: The Nun poster

Where can I watch The Nun 2?

You can watch The Nun 2 in theaters now.

After that, it’s likely to follow the same release pattern as the first movie, meaning it will eventually become available on the streaming service Max (formerly known as HBO Max). The good news is that, along with the September release date, we may even see The Nun 2 streaming on VOD services by Halloween.

This is based on the fact that Warner Bros will be looking to release some content come Halloween, and with The Nun 2’s theatrical window closing, it makes sense that we’ll see it on Amazon come late October.

The Nun 2 release date: Valak and a small girl in The Nun 2

Are Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in The Nun 2?

The Nun 2 will be set in the ’50s and take place after the events of the last movie. So don’t expect to see the Warrens in the main plot. 

That said, if you feel like sticking around for The Nun 2 post-credit scene, you may be pleasantly surprised. And that’s all we’re saying about that!

If you love a good scare, check out our guides on how to watch all The Conjuring movies in order, Everything you need to know about The Conjuring 4 release date and the best ghost movies of all time. If you’re looking ahead, check out our guides to the Five Nights at Freddy’s release date and The Exorcist: Believer release date.

You can also find out if The Nun 2 was based on a true story, or if you need a break from the spookiness, then we have a guide to the best movies of all time. Finally, if you want to know more about all the new movies coming in 2023, we’ve got you covered.