The sequel to Stephen King’s Shining, Doctor Sleep, is getting a big screen adaptation. Ewan McGregor has been cast as the lead character in the forthcoming cinematic sequel to The Shining.
McGregor will play adult Danny in the new film – Variety reports that King has given his “blessing” to the casting – with the character having been a child during the events depicted in The Shining.
The story follows the events of The Shining, after receiving a settlement from the owners of the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance remains psychologically traumatized as his mother Wendy slowly recovers from her injuries. Angry ghosts from the Overlook, including the woman from Room 237, still want to find Danny and eventually consume his phenomenal “shining” power. Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s chef, teaches Danny to create lockboxes in his mind to contain the ghosts, including that of former Overlook owner Horace Derwent.