As a break from all the news detailing the casting of IT: Chapter 2, it’s been reported that Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the lead role of Danny Torrance in another upcoming Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep. Danny Torrance was of course the name of the boy in The Shining, played by Danny Lloyd in the 1980 film version and Courtland Mead in the 1997 TV mini-series. This sequel has the character as an adult and someone who seems to be taking after his dad.
The novel 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 is being targeted by a scary 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.
Mike Flanagan will direct from a script he rewrote from Akiva Goldsman.