Ewan McGregor will star in The Shining sequel “Doctor Sleep”

Ewan McGregor in The Ghost Writer

According to Variety, Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has signed on to star in an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel Doctor Sleep.

The novel is the sequel to The Shining, which was famously brought to life by director Stanley Kubrick in 1980. This time helmed by acclaimed horror director Mike Flanagan, it’s unclear if this new film will link to Kubrick’s, stylistically or otherwise, or whether Flanagan will want to go it alone and start afresh.

McGregor will be starring in the film as a grown-up Danny Torrance, who you may remember as the kid shouting “redrum” over and over again in The Shining. Still scarred from the events that took place in Overlook Hotel and desperate to “shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence,” Danny settles in a New Hampshire town and finds a job at a nursing home. Here, “his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying,” reads the book’s synopsis. “Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes Doctor Sleep.”

“Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon.”

Doctor Sleep opens on 24 January, 2020.

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