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DOCTOR SLEEP Casts New Dick Halloran & Wendy Torrance

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A few weeks back we let you guys know that Rebecca Ferguson had been cast in director Mike Flanagan’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep.

Back then we didn’t know who Ferguson was playing, but today we have word she’ll play the role of the film’s main antagonist, Rose The Hat, head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining.”

On top of that, Deadline reports Carl Lumbly (see below) will play Dick Halloran and Alex Essoe (to the right) to play Wendy Torrance. Scatman Crothers and Shelley Duvall played these roles in the Stanley Kubrick’s original classic.

Mike Flanagan is directing Ewan McGregor as grown-up Danny Torrance, and Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat. Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel. Flanagan’s Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg, and Goldsman is executive producer.

Synopsis:

Doctor Sleep begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. 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. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths.

Carl Lumbly

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