Doctor Sleep Featurette Revisits the Journey of Danny Torrance

There is a lot of past trauma to unwrap as the character moves on from the Overlook Hotel into an uncertain future.

By Chris Morse

We are still over a month away from Mike Flanagan’s film adaptation of Doctor Sleep making its way to the big screen, but Warner Bros. released today an all-new featurette diving into the psyche of Danny Torrance, who has been left adrift in trauma since the events of The Shining.

The video dives deep into the character and story, featuring some new footage as well as commentary from director Mike Flanagan, author Stephen King, and adult Dan Torrance actor Ewan McGregor. It’s an interesting watch that does a great job setting the stage for what’s to come when the movie is finally released. Give it a watch above and read on for more details on the film.


Doctor Sleep brings back Danny Torrance, 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.”

The cast includes Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequels) as Dan Torrance, Kyliegh Curran as Abra Stone, Rebecca Ferguson (Life, Mission Impossible: Fallout) as Rose the Hat, Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes) as Wendy Torrance, Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Dick Halloran, Zahn McClarnon (Into the West) as Crow Daddy, and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness) as Dr. John.

In addition to directing, Mike Flanagan also helped rewrite a script submitted by Akiva Goldsman. Doctor Sleep is slated for release on November 8th, 2019.

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