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Mike Flanagan’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Casts Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance

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Mike Flanagan’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Casts Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance

Today Variety reports that Ewan McGregor (T2 Trainspotting) has been cast as the adult version of Danny Torrance in filmmaker Mike Flanagan’s Sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.

According to the site, Stephen King himself approves of the casting. We would have to agree with King, McGregor is a solid choice.

Flanagan will rewrite the script originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan’s producing partner Trevor Macy will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg, and Goldsman is executive producer.

Doctor Sleep novel synopsis:

Danny Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice.

He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a scary group with the similar abilities. 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 film will follow a 40 plus year old Danny Torrance and his struggles with the same demons of anger and alcoholism that plagued his father.

Doctor Sleep is scheduled for release on January 24th, 2020, via Warner Bros.

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