Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Ewan McGregor to star in Stephen King's The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Ewan McGregor to star in Stephen King's The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Ewan McGregor is checking into the Overlook Hotel.

Stephen King tackled that very question in his 2013 novel Doctor Sleep - and now, Ewan McGregor is in talks to play Danny in the film version of the story.

In it, Danny Torrance holds the traumas of the Overlook Hotel in his adult life. It would be another 33 years before a follow-up was published, following Dan Torrance as he continues to deal with his "shining" powers as well as the alcoholism and rage that he inherited from his father.

Although Stanley Kubrick's The Shining became a cult classic, King was famously dissatisfied with the 1980 adaptation, and went on to write his own 1997 television miniseries.

A note to the skeptics: Mr. King has reportedly "given his blessing to McGregor's casting".

Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the 1977 book The Shining picks up with Torrance in middle age, still haunted by demons both real and internal. But when he embraces sobriety, his psychic powers return and he uses his abilities to help dying patients in a hospice where he earns the nickname Dr. Sleep.

The movie will be directed by Hush and Oculus filmmaker Mike Flanagan, whose previous thriller Gerald's Game was also an adaptation of a King novel. His last feature was another King adaption, Gerald's Game, that arrived on Netflix past year. The actor next stars in Disney's "Christopher Robin", which opens August 3. That's where he meets Abra Stone, a little girl with a spectacular gift who is being hunted by fellow psychics who want her essence.

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