Ewan McGregor Will Star in the 'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'!

Ewan Mc Gregor and “The Shining”
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But it's interesting that McGregor signed onto a major studio film mere weeks after the box office disappointment of another Star Wars Story prequel, nearly like he suddenly had an opening in his schedule. The Beginners star will play an aged Danny Torrance, who we originally met in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability.

The sequel will be based on Stephen King's 2013 novel Doctor Sleep, a follow-up to his 1977 chiller that in turn inspired Kubrick's movie.

While the idea of a "Shining" sequel may worry horror fans, the source material coming from King himself and the involvement of director Mike Flanagan bode well for the final product.

But with It earning more than $700,000 worldwide for New Line past year, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production.

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Here's a plot summary: Doctor Sleep begins as Torrance (McGregor) carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. But when he embraces sobriety, his psychic powers return and he uses his abilities to help dying patients in a hospice where he earns the nickname Dr. Sleep.

What happened to Danny Torrance after his father tried to kill him in The Shining?

This marks the second time that McGregor will step into the role of an adult version of a literary character, with the arrival of Disney's Christopher Robin set to happen later this year. He is repped by UTA.

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