Doctor Sleep Makers in Talks with Ewan McGregor for the Role of Adult Danny Torrance
According to reports, well-known Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, who has been entertaining the audience for more than two decades now, is in talks with the makers of the forthcoming horror film, Doctor Sleep, a sequel to the 1980 moderately successful horror flick, The Shining. The makers want to rope in McGregor to play the adult version of The Shining‘s Danny Torrance, the terror-stricken child plagued by psychic powers. American teacher and former actor Danny Lloyd had played the young Danny Torrance in the original movie.
For the uninitiated, Warner Bros are set to adapt Stephen King’s acclaimed novel Doctor Sleep, which will be a follow-up to their horror hit, The Shining. The Shining, helmed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in lead roles, was also based on King’s book of the same name.
Well, if McGregor signs the project on the dotted line, it will mark the second time that the talented actor plays an adult version of a literary character. His first such role appears in Disney’s upcoming fantasy comedy-drama Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster. The movie enters cinemas later this year. The film is based on A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard’s hit novel Winnie-the-Pooh.
Filmmaker Mike Flanagan, who has previously directed Hush and Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil, has been entrusted with the responsibility of calling the shots for Doctor Sleep. It won’t be the first time when Flanagan helms the screen adaptation of a novel. In 2017, he directed psychological horror film, Gerald’s Game, which was the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s book of the same title.
It remains to be seen whether the makers treat Doctor Sleep as a standalone film or there will be some scenes interlinking it with The Shining. Doctor Sleep is scheduled for its theatrical bow on January 24, 2020.