Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) just stepped into the lead role in the supernatural thriller The Crucifixion, from the filmmaking team behind The Conjuring. Peter Safran, producer on the box office hits The Conjuring and its spinoff Annabelle, is producing from a script by Chad and Carey Hayes. The brothers Hayes, who also will produce this one, penned the screenplay for 2013’s The Conjuring, which ended up grossing $318M worldwide.

The Crucifixion, which is based on real events, will be directed by Xavier Gens (The Divide, Hitman). Principal photography begins today in Romania on the story about a priest who is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism. An investigative journalist delves into the story to determine whether he killed a mentally ill person or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.

Cookson is repped WME and Curtis Brown Group.

Motion Picture Captial has come on board to fully finance and produce with Safran and Lotus Entertainment, which also is handling international sales. Motion Picture Capital’s Leon Clarance will produce, with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Ara Keshishian. MPC’s Laure Vaysse and Jo Monk and DJ Gugenheim (Andrew Lauren Productions) are executive producing.

Lotus’ slate include November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort, Replicas starring Keanu Reeves, Kidnap starring Halle Berry; Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks, Scott Hicks’ Fallen and Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse. Motion Picture Capital produced and financed Netflix’s Sense8 from the Wachowskis and is in production on Zack Whedon’s Come And Find Me starring Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis.  Motion Picture Capital was repped by Robb Klein and Nicole Bagood of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.