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Michael Rooker Climbs onto ‘The Dark Tower’ Adaptation!

Michael Rooker has joined Amazon’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Deadline reports.

Rooker is no stranger to the Stephen King universe. He played Sheriff Alan Pangborn in George A. Romero’s adaptation of The Dark Half in 1993, but now he’s going to be a part of the new The Dark Tower series.

For reference, this adaptation has nothing to do with the 2017 movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Don’t feel too bad for the movie though. In addition to having a 16% percent on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 4.08/10, Stephen King properties get remade and characters get recast all the time.

 

Tim Curry as Pennywise

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In addition there’s It (1990)

 

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise

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and It (2017)

 

Pet Sematary 1989

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…and Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary 2019

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…and Pet Sematary (2019)

Ed Harris as Sheriff Pangborn

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The character has been featured twice after Rooker’s performance in The Dark Half. Sheriff Alan Pangborn was played by Ed Harris in Fraser C. Heston’s adaptation of Needful Things

Scott Glenn as Sheriff Pangborn

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and by Scott Glenn in Hulu’s Castle Rock.

But back to this adaptation! It’s the origin story of gunslinger Roland Deschain and Randall Flagg aka The Man In Black.

 

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Sam Strike (EastEnders, Mindhunter, Leatherface) will play Roland Deschain…

 

Jasper Pääkkönen

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Jasper Pääkkönen (BlackKKlansman, Vikings) will play Randall Flagg aka The Man In Black…

 

Michael Rooker

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Michael Rooker is cast in an unknown role. We have confidence in him, given his roles as Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

FanSided reports that the series is already in production and is currently filming in Croatia.

The Dark Tower is a series of eight books that follows Roland Deschain and his quest towards the Dark Tower, which is said to be the nexus of all universes. If you don’t think that’s cool, just remember the old saying: If it’s a Stephen King book, then it somehow connects to The Dark Tower.

(PS-The last book in the series is my favorite.)

 

 

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Lizzy Caplan to Lead ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 as ‘Misery’s Annie Wilkes

Hulu’s hit Stephen King adaptation  Castle Rock is returning for a second season, this time taking inspiration for the main plot from King’s Misery. Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Masters of Sex) will take the lead.

Yes, this season Caplan will take on the role of the dangerously obsessive Annie Wilkes, a former nurse who cares for novelist Paul Sheldon after he is injured in a car crash and breaks two legs. Throughout the story, Annie is preoccupied with Sheldon’s novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. As she reads, she becomes enraged by a twist in Sheldon’s plot, and decides she will do whatever it takes to make him undo his decision.

This psychological thriller was previously adapted into a movie by Rob Reiner and earned Kathy Bates an Oscar. It also became a play by Simon Moore. In Castle Rock’s take on the story, Wilkes is a superfan suffering from mental health issues. The story could potentially follow Wilkes prior t the kidnapping of Sheldon as her mental state deteriorates. This season will also include Elise Fisher most known from her work in Eighth Grade and Despicable Me who will play Wilke’s homeschooled daughter Joy, whose concerns are growing for her mother’s mental state.

 

Annie Wilkes staring menacingly with a knife.

 

Yusra Warsama (The Last Days on Mars) will play hospital director Dr. Nadia Omar and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) will take on the role of her older brother who is building a Somali community center. In addition, Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) will portray Reginald ‘Pop’ Merrill and Garrett Hedlund will be his nephew John ‘Ace’ Merrill (Tron: Legacy, Triple Frontier) and Ace’s brother, Chris will be played by Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why). There isn’t any confirmation yet if The Sun Dog storyline will intertwine with Wilkes’ or if Merrill’s Emporium Galorium will be introduced. However, it is known that the Merrills will face tensions with the Somali community and Wilkes’ arrival in Castle Rock will definitely increase their rivalry.

The first season of Castle Rock was filled with Easter eggs and crossovers from Stephen King storylines and it appears that the second season will continue to interlock various plotlines and characters from previous King novels with the introduction of Anne Wilkes and the Merrills.

 

This season will arrive in late 2019 on Hulu with Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason returning as creators with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. I for one cannot wait for the second season and should probably brush up on the first season again so I can prepare myself of the twists and turns of what should be an intense and darker continuation.

 

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Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’ Trailer Reveals Some Familiar Faces and Freaky Scenes

The King of Horror somehow never ceases to stir up excitement and anticipation with his fans. Yes, this guy is good. One of his more recent adaptations, Castle Rock, was picked up by Hulu and has left fans shook this week, as the kids say.

 

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The fictional Maine town is suppose to be filled with an air of mystery and mystical attributes. The first three episodes of the first season will premiere at the end of July, so now is the time to tease the audience a bit. J.J. Abrams and Sissy Spacek add a little something extra to the anthology series.

 

With creepy scenes of crawling alligators, shadowy figures, and apparently some additional King Easter eggs this trailer is chock full of good things. The idea of original sin within the town will also plague viewers and it seems like too much to handle. But have no fear! Watch the video below and you may spot some familiar faces. 

 

 

 

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Bill Skarsgaard in Castle Rock

Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård Star in New ‘Castle Rock’ Trailer!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams is working alongside Stephen King on Castle Rock, the latest adaptation of his work. The new teaser trailer dropped and it has us on tenterhooks!

 

Castle Rock made its first appearance in King’s novel The Dead Zone, published in 1979. However, since then it has appeared in absolutely loads of King’s tales, including Doctor Sleep, Revival, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things, which were all set in Castle Rock. Creepshow, The Stand, Sleepwalkers, Gerald’s Game, and IT also all make reference to it. 

 

Bill Skarsgård (who played Pennywise in 2017’s IT adaptation), André Holland, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek (the original Carrie), Terry O’Quinn, Melanie Lynskey, and Jane Levy all star! Check out the thrilling new trailer below! 

 

 

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