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Ewan McGegor to Play Danny Torrance in ‘Doctor Sleep’

Jason McDonald

We’ve been getting a lot of Stephen King casting news lately from over at the “It: Chapter 2” camp, but now we’re finally starting to hear some things from another Stephen King adaptation.

Deadline is reporting that acclaimed actor, and sometimes Jedi, Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the lead role of Danny Torrance in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation “Doctor Sleep.”  If the name Danny Torrance sounds familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen “The Shining.”  King wrote “Doctor Sleep” as a quasi-sequel to “The Shining” and the book centers on an adult Danny Torrance.

According to Deadline . . .

The novel begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities and is being targeted by a scary group with similar 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.

Mike Flanagan will direct the feature from a script he rewrote from Akiva Goldsman.  Stay tuned for more details.

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