Ewan McGregor reportedly has agreed to star as an all-grown-up version of Danny Torrance in a time-jumping movie sequel to The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel.
McGregor is going to be taking on the role of Torrance in the movie, and Stephen King has apparently given the casting his blessing.
The Shining sequel has been in the works at Warner Bros. for years, but has been moving forward steadily since Gerald's Game director Mike Flanagan joined the project five months ago.
Yes, Ewan McGregor will be playing adult Danny in the film that Flanagan's go-to producing partner Trevor Macy will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.
Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as "The Shining" prequel "Overlook Hotel", for years, but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either film. Following the success of New Line's "It", every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production. The actor has been cast as adult Danny Torrance in "Doctor Sleep", Variety confirms. The character is now a rage-filled alcoholic whose "shining" powers return when he begins to embrace sobriety. Torrence starts using his gift to communicate with the dying at a local hospice center, and his story takes a turn after he meets a young girl who also has "shining" powers.
The sequel will follow Torrance, now in his 40s, who's still haunted by the Overlook Hotel, dealing with a similar drinking problem as his father Jack Torrance. He is repped by UTA.