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Ewan McGregor to star in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

14 June 2018

Mike Flanagan is now on board to write and direct, with filming slated to start later this year.

And now King's sequel to The Shining is heading to the big screen, Variety revealed Wednesday. Flanagan's frequent collaborative partner Trevor Macy will produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg. 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. According to Variety, he has lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his "shining" powers.

In Doctor Sleep, released in 2013, Danny is an adult and still haunted by the events at the Overlook Hotel. Both have led to the dilution of his "Shining" powers, which slowly begin to re-emerge as Danny turns to sobriety, and uses them to help hospice patients.

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The Shining, released in 1980, was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance with six-year-old Danny Lloyd as his young son.

Danny befriends a young girl with similar "shining" powers, before the two discover they are being hunted by a group with who want to kill them to enhance their own 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.

Ewan McGregor can be seen later this year in Disney's Christopher Robin alongside Hayley Atwell. He is repped by UTA.

Ewan McGregor to star in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep