Deadline is exclusively reporting that Carl Lumbly and Alex Essoe are the latest names to join the cast of 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 cult group led by Rose The Hat, who feed off the ‘steam’ created by young people who have a touch of the ‘shining’. It is an excruciating fatal process for the victims and Torrance finds himself in their crosshairs as he tries to help the young girl elude their grasp.
Carl Lumbly (whose credits include Alias and Supergirl) will be playing the role of Dick Halloran, who mentors Torrance on how to use his shining abilities in the Overlook Hotel. The role was originally portrayed by Scatman Crothers in The Shining film and while he died on screen there, the character lived on in the Stephen King novel. Alex Essoe (whose credits include The Neighbour and Midnighters) will be playing the role of Wendy Torrance, originally portrayed by Shelley Duvall in the 1980 Shining feature. The same report confirms that Rebecca Ferguson will be playing the role of Rose the Hat.
Doctor Sleep is being directed by Mike Flanagan, with Trevor Macy (Flanagan’s producing partner) serving as producer alongside Vertigo Entertainent’s Jon Berg.