Ewan McGregor Will Star As Grown-Up Danny Torrance In THE SHINING Sequel, DOCTOR SLEEP
According to Variety, Ewan McGregor will star as grown-up Danny Torrance in the film version of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to The Shining.
The book picks up with Torrance in middle age, still haunted by demons both real and internal. He works as a hospice nurse, using his psychic powers to ease the transition for dying patients, but he's also fighting for sobriety, the same addiction that made his dad so vulnerable to the evil forces lingering around the Overlook Hotel decades before.
The movie is being directed by Hush and Oculus filmmaker Mike Flanagan, whose previous thriller Gerald's Game was also an adaptation of a King novel.
While parts of the novel do take place amid the ruins of the hotel, on that sacred/poisoned land that focuses sinister unseen energies, most of Doctor Sleepis a road movie.
There are physical supernatural beings trying to prey on Dan Torrance this time. The True Knot is a group of vampire-like immortals who nourish themselves on the energy of those with psychic abilities. Their victims die in extreme agony. Along the way, Torrance finds himself protecting a young girl named Abra, who has an even more potent version of "the shine."
McGregor's most well-known roles include Mark Renton in the drama films Trainspotting (1996) and T2 Trainspotting (2017), Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Warsprequel trilogy (1999-2005), poet Christian in the musical film Moulin Rouge! (2001), young Edward Bloom in Big Fish (2003), Rodney Copperbottom in Robots (2005), Camerlengo Father Patrick McKenna in Angels and Demons (2009), "the ghost" in Roman Polanski's political thriller The Ghost Writer (2010), Dr. Alfred Jones in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), and Lumière in a live-action adaptation of the musical romantic fantasy BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017). McGregor won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film for his dual performance in the 2017 FX anthology series in the third season of FARGO and received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for both Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. McGregor has also starred in theatre productions of Guys and Dolls (2005-07) and Othello (2007-08). He was ranked number 36 on EMPIRE magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in 1997. In a 2004 poll for the BBC, McGregor was named the fourth most influential person in British culture. He has been involved in charity work and has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK since 2004. In 2016, he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.
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