Taking the chance that James Wan was presenting the first official trailer for his upcoming blockbuster Aquaman (2018), he announced last weekend at the San Diego Comic Con his involvement in the production of the horror thriller film The Curse of La Llorona (2019). In it, ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona‘s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide
The movie finished its filming last November and its currently in the state of post-production. Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis wrote the screenplay while Michael Chaves makes his directorial debut. Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Madeleine McGraw, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Marshall Jones, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Marisol Ramirez, Andrew Tinpo Lee, Irene Keng, DeLaRosa Rivera and Sophia Santi star in the film.
The movie is based on the Mexican folklore legend of La Llorona, the ghost of a woman who lost her children and now cries while looking for them in the river, often causing misfortune to those who are near or hear her. The tale has been inspirational in the popular culture not only in Mexico or South America but also everywhere else in the world. All sorts of songs, books and movies have used La Llorona as a reference or even as a character. Perhaps one of the most popular and recent ones is the free adaptation Andy Muschietti used for his debut film Mama (2013), although the Mexican myth is never mentioned in the movie.
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) is produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster together with New Line Cinema, and Warner Bros. will distribute worldwide. It will open in cinemas in the USA April the 19th 2019.
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