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Oscar nominee Demián Bichir investigates the paranormal in ‘The Nun’

In New Line Cinema’s horror-thriller The Nun, a young nun at an abbey in Transylvania has committed the ultimate sin: taking her own life. Now it is imperative that the church determine if the ground is still holy, or if evil has compromised the Abbey of St. Carta.

To address the dire situation, the Vatican enlists the expertise of Father Burke, a clergyman from Philadelphia and one of only a few skilled in testing the validity of miracles and darker phenomenon.

Oscar Best Actor nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life), who stars as Father Burke, says that reading the script, he was immediately drawn into the paranormal tale. “I loved the spectacular setting and thought Father Burke was one of the richest characters I’d ever read. And the script was very well-written—so complex, and deep in many different ways.”

Producer Peter Safran reveals, “Demián is a brilliant actor who played each facet of the character believably. We all loved him from his previous work so, truly, he was the first and only call we made.”

Describing his role, Bichir says, “Father Burke is a man of faith and a demon hunter who believes it is possible to save the world one demon at a time. He is a fighter on different fronts; however, he is also haunted by his own demons, and that is the real battle he faces every day of his life.”

The last time Father Burke dealt with the demon hunting aspect of his priestly duties, a terrible tragedy occurred. Almost a decade has passed, and he still maintains a safe distance between himself and the investigative fray because he is still deeply conflicted by those disturbing events. Despite his unease, Father Burke is bound to comply with the Cardinal’s wishes.

“Once you take your vows, you’ve promised to be God’s soldier for life,” says Bichir. “As a soldier you don’t contradict orders; you don’t refuse any call.”

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, September 6, The Nun is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

About “The Nun”

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “The Nun” explores another dark corner of the “Conjuring” universe, whose record-setting films have terrified audiences around the globe.

The new fright-fest, directed by Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”) and produced by James Wan, and Peter Safran, the latter of whom has produced all the films in “The Conjuring” franchise, delves into the shocking origin of the demonic Nun Valak, who first made her evil presence known in “The Conjuring 2.”

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a nun, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

“The Nun” stars Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie. The cast also includes Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her role from “The Conjuring 2” as the title character.

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