Doctor Sleep: 5 Key Details We Have About the Gripping Sequel to The Shining


Warner Bros. is chugging right along with the film adaptation of The Shining's sequel. 

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Based on Stephen King's 2013 book Doctor Sleep, the story follows Danny Torrance in his adult life. Obviously, he's still a little shaken up by everything that went down at the Overlook Hotel all those years ago, but he still has his "shine," and he has bigger foes to face in the present day. Having read the book, I can say it's going to be pretty insane to see this one come to life. Wondering what else we've managed to glean about the upcoming project? There's a lot of information out there!


1. What Is Doctor Sleep About?

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Here's the official book synopsis, courtesy of Stephen King's website:

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless — mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.


2. Who Is Directing Doctor Sleep?

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The studio tapped Mike Flanagan to direct the film, and we couldn't have picked better ourselves. Flanagan is known for the mindf*ck 2013 film Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil. Even more impressively, Flanagan is responsible for the horror movie Hush and the terrifying series The Haunting of Hill House, both of which are one of the best chillers I've ever seen on Netflix. And in the Stephen King universe, he also helmed Gerald's Game, which was VERY good and VERY f*cked up. So, you know he can handle mixing family drama, grief, and horror.


3. Who Is in the Cast of Doctor Sleep?

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  • Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance: According to Variety, the Fargo actor has King's blessing to play the character.
  • Kyliegh Curran as Abra Stone: The little girl Danny has to team up with to defeat the True Knot will be played by this newcomer.
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat: The Swedish actress been on a hot streak with the Men in Black reboot, Mission Impossible: Fallout, and The Greatest Showman. She'll play the film's villainess, Rose the Hat, who's the leader of the True Knot and seriously f*cking terrifying.

You can check out the rest of the cast here!


4. When Does Doctor Sleep Arrive in Theaters?


Yes, a date has been set. Although Doctor Sleep was originally slated to hit theaters in Jan 2020, the date has since been moved nearly two months up to Nov 2019.


5. The Doctor Sleep Teaser Trailer


This article first appeared in Pop Sugar.