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

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor reportedly has agreed to star as an all-grown-up version of Danny Torrance in a time-jumping movie sequel to The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel.

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.

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.

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The film - which will be released on January 24, 2020 - is being fast-tracked by Warner Bros and apparently McGregor has Stephen King's blessing, which is always a good start Doesn't mean he'll like the finished product though. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability.

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. The character is now a rage-filled alcoholic whose "shining" powers return when he begins to embrace sobriety. 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. Now, however, it is thought to be one of the great horror classics and has a built-in fan base ready for a sequel.

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