Rebecca Ferguson Joins 'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'; Here's Everything We Know

Rebecca Ferguson Joins 'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'; Here's Everything We Know

Jun 29, 2018

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Update: Rebecca Ferguson, who burst into prominence thanks to her dynamic performance in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (above), is in negotiations to costar in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety.

Based on Stephen King's novel, a sequel to The Shining, the story follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), a youngster in the original film, who is now an adult dealing with his own problems, psychic and otherwise, as he endeavors to help dying patients at a hospice. The role that Ferguson will be playing has not yet been revealed, though it is believed to be a key element in the film.

Could she be playing a member of the True Knot, a dangerous group of people who have similar powers as Danny? Time will tell; the actress will next be seen in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

(Read onward to learn everything else we know about the film, as previously published)



Update: Ewan McGregor (above in TV's Fargo) will star in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety. Based on Stephen King's novel, the sequel to The Shining will be directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game).

McGregor will play Dan Torrance, the little boy known as Danny in the original film. Now he's an adult; he's still dealing with troubling ghosts from his past, but his psychic abilities help him to comfort dying patients at the hospice where he works.

(Read our previously-published post below to learn everything we know about the film.)


The Shining

Some 38 years after it was released in theaters, The Shining (above) remains one of the most admired horror films in history. Now a big-screen adaptation of Doctor Sleep, based on King's sequel, is on its way to theaters, with a newly-announced release date. What do we know about the upcoming film?

What is the sequel's story?

First published in 2013, Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance, the grown-up son of Jack and Wendy Torrance in the original, as he deals with troubling ghosts of his past, His psychic abilities have been reawakened, enabling him to comfort dying patients at the hospice where he works. In time, he establishes a telepathic bond with a young girl named Abra Stone, who has her own psychic powers. Together they must confront a frightening group known as the True Knot.

Who will direct?

As we heard in January, Mike Flanagan will write and direct the film. He's a great choice for the sequel. He first came to attention with Absentia and Oculus, two horror films with distinctive atmospheres of dread. His next two films, Hush and Before I Wake, took basic premises and then shook them up with unexpectedly thrilling results.

His most recent work, however, speaks directly to his qualifications for Doctor Sleep. A sequel that was widely considered to be superior to the original, Ouija: Origin of Evil showed that he could invest a follow-up film with new scares and a fresh perspective. His adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game, a novel that revolves around a woman handcuffed to a bed in an isolated cabin after her lover dies, was a nerve-jangling experience.

Most recently, Flanagan has been busy writing and directing The Haunting of Hill House, a series for Netflix based on Shirley Jackson's classic novel. As to Doctor Sleep, he shared his enthusiasm on social media.

Who might star? 

Let the speculation begin! Flanagan has often worked with young performers in key roles, so it's likely that Audra will be played either by a newcomer or a less-known actress, whose performance may remain in question until the film is released. The bigger question of course, is Dan Torrance. 

Danny Lloyd was only six years old when he played the role in the original and never pursued an acting career. Even though he left an indelible impression on viewers, the actor who plays the character as a troubled adult will face fewer obstacles than, say, Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo. Still, it's a challenging role; the actor will need to capture Dan's anger, vulnerability and empathy to be truly effective.

What is the release date?

Warner Bros. will release Doctor Sleep in theaters on January 24, 2020.

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