Ewan McGregor to Star in New ‘Shining’ Movie ‘Doctor Sleep’

Lewis Collier
June 14, 2018

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to horror novel The Shining, is being made into a movie, and McGregor is taking the lead.

Doctor Sleep picks up with Danny decades after the events of The Shining, when he follows in his father's footsteps of alcoholism and anger issues, blotting out his lingering trauma and his "shining" abilities with his drinking problems.

A note to the skeptics: Mr. King has reportedly "given his blessing to McGregor's casting".

While the idea of a "Shining" sequel may worry horror fans, the source material coming from King himself and the involvement of director Mike Flanagan bode well for the final product. But don't be surprised if filming begins this year. 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 who is being targeted by a 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.

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According to Variety, McGregor will portray the adult version of Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Nicholson's character from the original movie.

Ewan McGregor better start practicing his best "redrum".

The 1980 movie, which was seen as a box office disappointment at the time, went on to become one of the great horror move classics. The actor next stars in Disney's "Christopher Robin", which opens August 3. He is repped by UTA.

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