In the annals of horror history, few films are as respected as director Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, an immensely respected book in its own right. In 2013, King penned a sequel novel called Doctor Sleep, which is soon set to become a movie.
So far, Warner Bros’ Doctor Sleep movie looks to have everything going for it, beginning with Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) signing on to direct. Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor has also signed on to play the lead role of adult Danny Torrance.
Earlier this week, the casting of Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s Rebecca Ferguson as evil cult leader Rose The Hat was confirmed, and now Deadline reports that two more actors have come aboard the project in smaller yet still pivotal supporting roles.
Taking over the role of Danny’s mother, Wendy Torrance – played by Shelley Duvall in Kubrick’s film and by Rebecca De Mornay in 1997’s Shining miniseries – is Alex Essoe, star of the indie horror Starry Eyes. Wendy will be seen in flashbacks, explaining Essoe’s young age.
Doctor Sleep’s new Dick Halloran – played by Scatman Crothers in Kubrick’s version and Melvin Van Peebles in the miniseries – is Carl Lumbly, a TV veteran who can currently be seen on Supergirl. Dick will also be a flashback character, having already been old in The Shining.