Castle Rock

I know it’s hard to tell without the creepy Pennywise makeup, but Bill Skarsgård is back to spread mystery in another one of Stephen King’s fictional Maine towns. Is anyone else concerned about how good he is at absolutely terrorizing fake towns? Just me?

This time, the town in question is Castle Rock, and Skarsgård is portraying a mysterious man that everyone wants to know more about. In Hulu’s official trailer for the series based on King’s stories, Skarsgård is featured as an unnamed Shawshank prisoner. He character is a mystery, as the people working at Shawshank have no idea who he is or where he comes from. Even more strange, no one knows how he ended up locked in an underground cage.

In the trailer, his character remains silent until he meets death-row attorney Henry Deaver (André Holland). Skarsgård then ominously asks him:

“Has it begun? Do you hear it now? You have no idea what’s happening here, do you?”

The trailer also hints at the disturbing scenes to come from the series, like blood draining from a tub, masked people standing in a dusty room, and a man with a face covered in bandages. The trailer also features shots of Scott Glenn as Alan Pangborn, Sissy Spacek as Henry’s adoptive mother, and Melanie Lynskey as Castle Rock citizen, Molly Strand. It is all scary, weird, and dark. Terry O’Quinn as Dale Lacy gives a chilling voiceover:

“People say every inch of this town is stained with someone’s sin.”

‘Castle Rock’ was created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason and executive-produced by King and J.J. Abrams. The full series premieres July 25 on Hulu. Check out the trailer and full synopsis below!


A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Billy Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.