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Doctor Sleep: Ewan McGregor Cast In Stephen King's Shining Sequel

Director Mike Flanagan has cast Ewan Mc Gregor as Danny Torrance with Stephen King's blessing Ewan Mc Gregor Is Danny Torrance in The Shining 2Ryan Scott
Adrian Cunningham | 14 June, 2018, 16:23

Ewan McGregor is starring in the upcoming sequel to The Shining!

According to Variety, he is set to play the adult Danny Torrance inDoctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining which is coming to film courtesy of Mike Flanagan (Hush, Before I Wake, Gerald's Game) and which picks up with Danny in his 40s as he struggles not to follow the same path as his father.

The project in question, Doctor Sleep, is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

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.

Film industry bible Variety reported the news on Wednesday, adding that sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting.

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But with It earning more than $700,000 worldwide for New Line past year, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production.

"Doctor Sleep" begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability. He works as a hospice nurse, using his psychic powers to ease the transition for dying patients, but he's also fighting for sobriety, the same addiction that made his dad so vulnerable to the evil forces lingering around the Overlook Hotel decades before.

"Come play with us Danny".

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.