Ewan McGregor Set To Play Danny Torrance in Shining Sequel

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor

The 1980 horror film was based on a Stephen King novel.

And now King's sequel to The Shining is heading to the big screen, Variety revealed Wednesday.

Warner Brothers is making a film adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to The Shining entitled Doctor Sleep which will star Ewan McGregor.

Stanley Kubrick directed the original adaptation of King's The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, with Danny Lloyd playing a young Danny Torrance.


Flanagan is known for such horror films as Before I Wake and Hush, but also recently turned King's Gerald's Game into a popular Netflix series. 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.

In the sequel, the adult Dan Torrance is working in a hospice, helping dying patients and earning the nickname Dr. Sleep. Like his father, he starts down a risky path of alcohol and rage until he comes into contact with a young girl in a hospice who shares his "shining" abilities, and who is also being targeted by a group with the same capabilities. In the story, Danny is still dealing with the traumatic events of the Overlook Hotel from his childhood. Doctor Sleep will be hitting theaters in 2020.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. had been developing Doctor Sleep as well as The Shining's prequel Overlook Hotel for years but struggled to secure financing for either project.

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