Ewan McGregor will be headlining Warner Brothers’ big screen adaptation of Dr. Sleep, author Stephen King’s sequel to his classic horror novel The Shining.
McGregor will play the now-adult Danny Torrence, who is struggling with a drinking problem while using his telepathic powers in his work as a hospice nurse. His life is thrown into chaos when he meets a young girl with similar powers and who is being pursued for them.
The original novel was adapted to film in 1980 by director Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrence, Danny’s father, who goes slowly mad from the isolation of being the winter caretaker at a snow bound resort, the Overlook Hotel. Danny Lloyd played young Danny Torrence in that film.
The climax to the novel Dr. Sleep features a return to the Overlook.
Dr. Sleep is set to be directed by Mike Flanagan, now stranger to King adaptations having previously brought the writer’s novel Gerald’s Game to life for Netflix.