"The Shining" Sequel "Doctor Sleep" Confirms Ewan McGregor As Lead

Director Mike Flanagan has cast Ewan Mc Gregor as Danny Torrance with Stephen King's blessing

McGregor has had a pretty distinguished acting career, appearing in over 50 titles including films like Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge, and Star Wars Episodes I through III; now he'll reportedly be adding The Shining sequel to that list.

Doctor Sleep, which was written by legendary novelist Stephen King, tells the story of Torrance, who has inherited his father's debilitating alcoholism, but uses his metaphysical abilities to help treat the terminally ill.

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Varietybroke the news that McGregor has been cast as adult Danny Torrance in the Mike Flanagan-directed adaptation for Warner Bros.

Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the 1977 book The Shining picks up with Torrance in middle age, still haunted by demons both real and internal. According to Variety, he has lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his "shining" powers.

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The 1980 horror film was based on a Stephen King novel.

He befriends a young girl who he has a psychic connection with, and fights to protect her from a group called The True Knot, who survive on "steam" generated by others with the "shining" power when they are tortured to death. The filmmaker previously tried his hand at King's material with Gerald's Game, the critically acclaimed take on the King novel that was once considered unadaptable. It's on target for a January 24, 2020 release date.

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Ewan McGregor can be seen later this year in Disney's Christopher Robin alongside Hayley Atwell.

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