Ewan McGregor Cast in Lead Role For Doctor Sleep

This new film has found its Danny Torrance.

By Jay Gervais

According to Variety, Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequels, Trainspotting) has landed the role of Dan Torrance in Doctor Sleep, the upcoming sequel to horror classic The Shining. Sources say that Stephen King has given his blessing to McGregor being cast in the role.

The 2013 novel Doctor Sleep brings back Danny Torrance, now grown up and psychologically traumatized from what happened to him as a young boy. Danny, or Dan as he refers to himself now, spends years drifting across the country trying to find his purpose and deal with his inner-demons. He eventually settles in a New Hampshire town and finds work at a local hospice. He uses his psychic "shining" abilities  to comfort the dying, and with the help of a cat that can sense the coming of death, Dan becomes known at the hospice as “Doctor Sleep.”

Mike Flanagan is directing the new film for Warner Bros. and is also helping rewrite a script submitted by Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan has already adapted to screen another one of Stephen King’s novels, Gerald’s Game, for Netflix. He is also known for 2013’s Oculus and 2016’s Ouija: Origin of Evil. Doctor Sleep was originally slated for a September 6th, 2019 release, but has since been pushed back to January 24th, 2020.

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Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.