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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Trailer: The Evil Doll Gets an Origin Story From ‘Lights Out’ Director David Sandberg — Watch

The James Wan-produced period piece hits theaters August 11.

Annabelle: Creation

Warner Bros. has released a full trailer for its upcoming horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation.” Following the 2014 James Wan-produced “Annabelle,” “Creation” comes from director David Sandberg. The story is a period piece that involves orphans, nuns, and a toymaker all trapped in a house with the evil doll. Sandberg proved himself a capable horror director with the sleeper hit “Lights Out,” so this franchise offshoot of “The Conjuring” looks to be in good hands.

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Sandberg spoke with The A.V. Club about why he was interested in joining the “Annabelle” franchise.

“It’s not a sort of direct sequel to the first ‘Annabelle,’ it’s more of a prequel, really,” he said. “To me, it was sort of enticing to play in the ‘The Conjuring’ / ‘Annabelle’ universe, but I don’t think I would have been interested in it if it had been a straight-up sequel to ‘Annabelle.’ Now it’s sort of its own story, so I can put my own spin on it.”

The film stars Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Miranda Otto, and Anthony LaPaglia.

“Annabelle: Creation” will hit theaters August 11. Check out the trailer below:

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