Ewan McGregor to star in Stephen King's The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Ewan Mc Gregor and “The Shining”
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Variety reports that McGregor is signed on for Warner Bros.' big-screen production of King's Dr. Sleep, the 2013 sequel that follows up on Danny's harrowing terror trip (eerily portrayed by Danny Lloyd in the 1980 movie) to the Overlook Hotel.

While the idea of a "Shining" sequel may worry horror fans, the source material coming from King himself and the involvement of director Mike Flanagan bode well for the final product. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg. But don't be surprised if filming begins this year. The movie is adapted from Stephen King's sequel to "The Shining", which Stanley Kubrick adapted into one of horror's most iconic movies in 1980.

But with It earning more than $700,000 worldwide for New Line a year ago, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production. In it, Danny Torrance holds the traumas of the Overlook Hotel in his adult life. 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.

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Getting sober revives Danny's powers, and he tries to put them to good use by working with terminally ill hospice patients.

Danny's right here, Mrs. Torrance - and he looks like Ewan McGregor now. At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget.

He can next be seen playing Christopher Robin's eponymous character in the fantasy comedy-drama film of the same name scheduled to be released on August 3, 2018.

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