‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Leading Man

For years Warner Bros. had both a prequel and sequel to The Shining in development. Not sure what the status of the former, Overlook Hotel, is, but the sequel is officially a go. And it has its leading man to boot.

Variety reports Ewan McGregor has signed on to portray Danny Torrance in the adaptation of the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep. His casting apparently has King’s seal of approval.

Danny Lloyd played a young Danny Torrance in the iconic 1980 horror film which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake) is set to direct the sequel.

Doctor Sleep begins as Torrance (McGregor) 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 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.

What do you think of McGregor starring in The Shining sequel? Hell, if King approves, who are we disagree, right? Sound off below.