Ewan McGregor next to Dr Sleep book cover

Ewan McGregor to Play Danny in King’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Ewan McGregor is set to star as Danny in the film adaptation for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny, who we remember from The Shining as being a traumatized little boy who was just learning about his telepathic abilities. It wasn’t long until his world was turned upside down, as we know. Doctor Sleep mostly follows Danny when he is in his 40s, struggling with the same vices as his father. Check out the summary below:



Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”


Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon. (Via Amazon)



The Doctor Sleep adaptation will be directed by Mike Flanagan who also recently adapted Netflix’s Gerald’s Game. King’s The Shining had two separate adaptations, including a film and miniseries. The miniseries happening a bit after Kubrick’s film rendition, which King hated.



McGregor plays many kinds of roles well so this will be a good fit for him. For people who are familiar with The Shining and its film adaptations, the nostalgia and genuine concern they had for Danny growing up will make them want to watch this movie. I wonder if and how much King will dislike this version. Maybe we’ll even get a miniseries for this too.




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