The Shining sequel casts Ewan Mcgregor as Danny Torrance

The Shining sequel casts Ewan Mcgregor as Danny Torrance

The outlet notes that author Stephen King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting.

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film based on the novel Doctor Sleep and apparently has King's approval to play the adult Dan Torrance. The movie is adapted from Stephen King's sequel to "The Shining", which Stanley Kubrick adapted into one of horror's most iconic movies in 1980. While there had been plans for a movie, Warner Bros. struggled in developing a budget.

Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix's adaptation of the King novella "Gerald's Game", is directing.

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In Doctor Sleep, McGregor's Danny has grown into an angry drunk trying to self-medicate the pain away and repress his shining abilities. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.

Here's a plot summary: Doctor Sleep begins as Torrance (McGregor) carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. Torrence starts using his gift to communicate with the dying at a local hospice center, and his story takes a turn after he meets a young girl who also has "shining" powers. This connection ultimately brings them face-to-face to confront a murderous group who seek the mysterious "shining" abilities. Considering the industry is preparing for the Castle Rock anthology series, It: Chapter 2, a potential Dark Tower TV series and a film adaptation of The Stand, it is a big moment for King's work. 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.

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