Ewan McGregor to star in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Ewan Mc Gregor and “The Shining”

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The big screen version of Stephen King's horror novel It was a huge box office hit last summer.

The Doctor Sleep movie was first announced earlier this year with Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game) attached to direct. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.

But it's interesting that McGregor signed onto a major studio film mere weeks after the box office disappointment of another Star Wars Story prequel, nearly like he suddenly had an opening in his schedule. Following the success of New Line's "It", every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production.

The novel picks up years after the traumatic events at the Overlook Hotel, as Danny grapples with the same alcohol and anger issues his father experienced. The character is now a rage-filled alcoholic whose "shining" powers return when he begins to embrace sobriety. As an employee of a hospice for the dying, Danny tries to use his powers for good, eventually establishing a connection with a young girl who possesses the same gift. 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. The Beginners star will play an aged Danny Torrance, who we originally met in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" adaptation "Christopher Robin".

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