The Shining sequel casts Ewan Mcgregor as Danny Torrance

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to horror novel The Shining, is being made into a movie, and McGregor is taking the lead. Flanagan's frequent collaborative partner Trevor Macy will produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.

King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting. But don't be surprised if filming begins this year. Following the success of New Line's "It", every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production.

Following the events of that one fateful night at the Overlook Hotel, Doctor Sleep tells the story of Danny Torrance and the trauma he's internalized from his childhood.

The Shining, released in 1980, was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance with six-year-old Danny Lloyd as his young son. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability.

Getting sober revives Danny's powers, and he tries to put them to good use by working with terminally ill hospice patients. But after forging a bond with a young girl who also possess the same power, Danny discovers that there are bad people out there with similar gifts - and they want the girl dead.

Warner Bros is pressing ahead with a movie take on The Shining sequel novel, and it's just recruited Ewan McGregor to star. At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" adaptation "Christopher Robin".

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