Warner Bros. has shined its light on Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin, Fargo, Trainspotting) to play adult Danny Torrance in their Doctor Sleep adaptation. McGregor’s casting for Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining was reported by Variety. The role of Danny Torrance was originally portrayed by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic.
McGregor will be channeling an older Danny, who has been haunted by the events of the Overlook Hotel leading to a life of festering rage and alcoholism. He eventually comes into contact with a powerful young girl who also possesses the shining, and must finally face his personal demons when he learns she’s being hunted by a group with gifts like them.
The film is being directed by Mike Flanagan, who is co-writing the screenplay with Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan had massive success with King’s Gerald’s Game last year, which was a daunting challenge in its own right to adapt to film.
McGregor is a solid casting choice for the role of the tormented Danny Torrance given his range and impressive filmography. Flanagan will be walking a fine line of honoring Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece while being faithful to King’s source material, but Variety’s sources say King has given McGregor his blessing for the role.
Come play with us, Ewan…forever, and ever, and ever.
The Doctor Sleep adaptation is set to release January 24, 2020.
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