Get ready, Stephen King fans! Hulu’s Castle Rock, based on the horror master’s world, is getting ready to tell a whole new story, and everyone’s favorite sledgehammer wielding superfan, Annie Wilkes, is just one of the familiar names we’ll see on the roster this time around.
Lizzy Caplan, who previously co-starred in Showtime’s Masters of Sex opposite Michael Sheen, will take on the role of Wilkes and it appears that the Hulu show will be adding a whole new layer of intrigue with the character in the form of a home-schooled teenage daughter named Joy (Elsie Fisher) who has begun to doubt her mother’s sanity.
Also along for the new season, according to Deadline, will be Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) as King’s long-time Castle Rock resident crime boss Reginald “Pop” Merrill with Garrett Hedlund (Eragon) filling the role of Johnny “Ace” Merrill.
That last name should definitely ring a bell for longtime King fans. Ace Merrill was Castle Rock’s resident bully, and the antagonist in The Body, King’s novella which became Stand By Me when it was adapted for the big screen with Keifer Sutherland (The Lost Boys) playing the role. The character also made appearances in Needful Things and The Tommyknockers.
Yusra Warsama (The Last Days on Mars) and Barkhad Abdi (BladeRunner 2049) will play newly created characters Dr. Nadia Omar and her brother, Abdi Omar, respectively.
13 Reasons Why alum Matthew Alan will also take on the newly minted role of Chris Merrill, Ace’s brother.
While Hulu has held back on most of the plot details, it does appear that Caplan’s Wilkes will be, at least in part, the catalyst for some of Season 2’s storyline setting off a chain of events when she and her daughter become stranded in Castle Rock.
There have also been hints that trouble is brewing between the Merrill family and the Somali community in the town which could spill over into another of King’s iconic locations, Jerusalem’s Lot.
J.J. Abrams and Stephen King will both return as executive producers on the series.
Season one of Castle Rock blew fans away with its intense, complex storytelling that grew organically from King’s collected bibliography, and we can only hope that season two is just as compelling as its predecessor.
Stay tuned to iHorror for all the latest details on the upcoming season!