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Ewan McGregor cast in lead role in new Shining flick Doctor Sleep

The upcoming sequel to horror classic “The Shining” has cast Ewan McGregor as a grown up Danny Torrance, Variety reports. The film is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Doctor Sleep”.

The story sees Torrance carry 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.

Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” starred Danny Lloyd in the role of Torrance, alongside an award-winning Jack Nicholson as his father Jack, and Shelley Duvall as mother Wendy.

Mike Flanagan is set to direct “Doctor Sleep”, and McGregor’s casting has reportedly been blessed by King – if that makes a difference.

Warner Bros have also been working on a prequel to  “The Shining” titled “Overlook Hotel”.

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