The Shining sequel stars Ewan McGregor as grown-up Danny

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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.

McGregor will portray the now-grown son in the horror film Doctor Sleep, based on Stephen King's best-selling follow-up novel, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.


McGregor reportedly has King's blessing for the part.

McGregor is best known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the Trainspotting movies, Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.


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. As an employee of a hospice for the dying, Danny tries to use his powers for good, eventually establishing a connection with a young girl who possesses the same gift. Unwittingly he becomes embroiled in the story of Abra Stone - another psychic - and the True Knot (a group of quasi-immortals who feed on the pain of those who shine when they die in pain). Considering the industry is preparing for the Castle Rock anthology series, It: Chapter 2, a potential Dark Tower TV series and a film adaptation of The Stand, it is a big moment for King's work.

McGregor can next be seen in Christopher Robin as an adult version of the titular character from Winnie The Pooh.


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