Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has been cast as the lead role in the sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.
Variety reports that McGregor is signed on for Warner Bros.' big-screen production of King's Dr. Sleep, the 2013 sequel that follows up on Danny's harrowing terror trip (eerily portrayed by Danny Lloyd in the 1980 movie) to the Overlook Hotel.
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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. It would be another 33 years before a follow-up was published, following Dan Torrance as he continues to deal with his "shining" powers as well as the alcoholism and rage that he inherited from his father.
However, his powers return when he sobers up and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice, where he establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme 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 Beginners star will play an aged Danny Torrance, who we originally met in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
Ewan McGregor better start practicing his best "redrum". At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget.