The Conjuring Star Joey King Adds Another Horror Movie To Her Resume With Wish Upon

Joey King broke out with 2010's Ramona and Beezus, but since then the young star has chosen movies that are more adrenaline-fuelled, like White House Down, Independence Day: Resurgence and The Conjuring. The latter probably factored most heavily into her casting in Wish Upon, a horror thriller from John Leonetti, the director who made Conjuring spin-off Annabelle. Image: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Variety reports that the 17-year-old actor will play "a misfit who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she's always wanted. However, she soon discovers that each wish demands a deadly payment."

That story — the script is by Barbara Marshall (of TV show The Listener, which is a drama about a psychic EMT) — sure sounds heavily inspired by Richard Matheson's short story, "Button, Button", which has previously been adapted into a well-known Twilight Zone episode as well as Richard Kelly's 2009 feature film The Box.

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