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Ewan McGregor to star in The Shining sequel Dr Sleep

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EWAN McGregor is to star in a sequel to The Shining.

The actor will play Danny Torrance in Warner Bros.’ forthcoming adaptation of the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep.

The story begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood.

As a result, 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.

However, those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice, thereby establishing a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities.

Both Danny and the girl discover that their powers grow if they inhale the ‘steam’ that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths.

Warner Bros. had been developing Dr Sleep, as well as The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, for years, but the studio has previously struggled to secure a budget for either film.

However, King’s works are now highly in-demand following the success of New Line’s It, which is also getting a sequel, or second chapter.

The Shining remains a horror classic. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the film starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, with Danny Lloyd playing the young Danny Torrance.

At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning just $44 million from a $19 million budget. However, it is now one of the most revered horror movies of all time.

According to Variety, Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix’s adaptation of the King novella Gerald’s Game, is directing, while King himself has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh adaptation, Christopher Robin.