Whether you’ve watched it or not, everyone knows the terrifying story of ‘The Shining’. Written by Steven King and adapted into a film in 1980, the psychological horror has gone down in Hollywood history. Now, following the disturbing tale of Jack Torrance and his son Danny, Warner Bros has released the first trailer to Doctor Sleep.
Paying homage to the ’80s film, Doctor Sleep – based on King’s novel of the same name – continues the story of a grown-up Danny Torrance (played by Ewan McGregor) who remains traumatised by his childhood. Whilst struggling with alcoholism, Dan connects with a young girl with the same “shining” abilities.
The official synopsis reads:
“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…”
Ewan McGregor will join Rebecca Ferguson and Bruce Greenwood as well as director Mike Flanagan, known for his work on the Netflix production of The Haunting of Hill House. The eery sequel is aptly slated to drop in line with Halloween, on November 8.
Stay tuned for further details and tune into the trailer below.