Doctor Sleep’s first trailer has arrived and it’s rather terrifying. The trailer shows Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Dan Torrance who’s struggling to keep the events from his childhood at the Overlook Hotel at bay.
I’m going to make no bones about it, I’m a huge Stephen King fans and The Shining is one of my favourite films. Oddly enough, when I say The Shining, I mean Stanley Kubrick’s version, and not Stephen King’s remake, which is rather boring if you ask me.
The book is incredible and very chilling, and in 2013, King followed it up with a sequel, called Doctor Sleep, and it was both a terror and a pleasure to read.
Doctor Sleep sees Dan Torrance as a grown-up and things aren’t going particularly well for him to begin with. He suffers from alcoholism, just like his father before him, and he’s a long way from the gifted child we knew in The Shining.
However, he does manage to get his life back together and ends up becoming an orderly at an old people’s home where his gift (which he calls The Shining) comes in handy when helping people cross over.
Things take a bit of a turn when his power puts him in touch with a young called Abra who shares the same ability and they communicate telepathically.
It’s a really interesting book, and casting Ewan McGregor as Dan is a masterstroke. This trailer shows that director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) really knows his stuff, and especially his Stephen King.
The trailer does make it look like this film is going to be a sequel to Kubrick’s The Shining, despite King having made it perfectly clear that he’s not a fan of the movie. They have reused shots from the original movie such as the iconic bloody lifts scene and Danny cycling around the Overlook Hotel.
It certainly seems like Doctor Sleep will be one to watch in what promises to be another good year of Stephen King big screen adaptations with It: Chapter 2 also coming out later this year.
The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Kyliegh Curran in her feature film debut. The cast includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe, and Cliff Curtis.
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Doctor Sleep is set to hit UK cinemas on October 31st, 2019
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