Variety reports that Ewan McGregor has signed on to star as the adult version of The Shining's Danny Torrance in the upcoming feature film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. King reportedly approves of the casting.
In Dr. Sleep, Torrance carries the trauma of the events at the Overlook Hotel into his adulthood and takes on some of the traits of his murderous father.
The Shining sequel has been in the works at Warner Bros. for years, but has been moving forward steadily since Gerald's Game director Mike Flanagan joined the project five months ago.
Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as "The Shining" prequel "Overlook Hotel", for years, but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either film. According to Variety, he has lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his "shining" powers. These powers return when he gives sobriety a shot, and with them, a new psychic connection with young girl Abra Stone. They've found that their powers grow if they inhale the "steam" that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths. The movie is adapted from Stephen King's sequel to "The Shining", which Stanley Kubrick adapted into one of horror's most iconic movies in 1980.
Ewan McGregor better start practicing his best "redrum".
This marks the second time that McGregor will step into the role of an adult version of a literary character, with the arrival of Disney's Christopher Robin set to happen later this year.
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