Ewan McGregor confirmed for 'The Shining' sequel

Director Mike Flanagan has cast Ewan Mc Gregor as Danny Torrance with Stephen King's blessing

Ewan McGregor will take the lead role of Danny Torrance in a new adaptation of Stephen King novel Dr. Sleep, the sequel to horror classic The Shining. Flanagan's frequent collaborative partner Trevor Macy will produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.

But it's interesting that McGregor signed onto a major studio film mere weeks after the box office disappointment of another Star Wars Story prequel, nearly like he suddenly had an opening in his schedule. King reportedly approves of the casting.

But with It earning more than $700,000 worldwide for New Line previous year, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production.

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Published 36 years after The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny Torrance from the original novel. McGregor will play the adult version of Danny Torrence, the terrified tot plagued by psychic powers who you probably remember best for screaming "Redrum" while he watched his father descend into a murderous rage. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. 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. The actor next stars in Disney's "Christopher Robin", which opens August 3.

It remains to be seen if this film will serve as a standalone movie that acknowledges the storyline of The Shining or if it will in fact be a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic, which was also distributed by Warner Bros. He is repped by UTA.

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