Variety is exclusively reporting that Ewan McGregor is in talks with Warner Bros. to star as Danny Torrance in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining.
The novel, released in 2013, focuses on Danny Torrance carrying the trauma of the events at 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. His powers return however 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 scary group with similar abilities that find out 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 report claims that sources told them that Stephen King has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting. Ewan McGregor’s recent credits include Beauty and the Beast and Fargo.
Doctor Sleep is being directed by Mike Flanagan, with Trevor Macy (Flanagan’s producing partner) will serve as producer alongside Vertigo Entertainent’s Jon Berg.