'The Shining' Sequel Casts Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance

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The film - which will be released on January 24, 2020 - is being fast-tracked by Warner Bros and apparently McGregor has Stephen King's blessing, which is always a good start Doesn't mean he'll like the finished product though.

Ewan McGregor has been cast as the adult Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep, the Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 sequel to The Shining.

Ewan McGregor better start practicing his best "redrum".

Stanley Kubrick directed the original adaptation of "The Shining", starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. 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.

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"Doctor Sleep" picks up with Torrance years after the events of "The Shining".

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. The filmmaker previously tried his hand at King's material with Gerald's Game, the critically acclaimed take on the King novel that was once considered unadaptable.

This marks the second time that McGregor will step into the role of an adult version of a literary character, with the arrival of Disney's Christopher Robin set to happen later this year. That's where he meets Abra Stone, a little girl with a spectacular gift who is being hunted by fellow psychics who want her essence.

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