‘Room’ and ‘Wonder’ star Jacob Tremblay has been added to the cast of ‘Doctor Sleep’, the adaptation based on the Stephen King novel, which was a sequel to his bestseller ‘The Shining’. Tremblay’s role is being kept under wraps, but it is known that he is collecting a $100,000 paycheck and is only slotted to work for two days on the picture. It is being speculated that he will portray a young Danny Torrance, the child with psychic abilities in ‘The Shining’. It is already known that Alex Essoe is playing a younger version of Wendy Torrance, Danny mother, who was played by Shelly Duvall in the film version of ‘The Shining’. So it would make sense that there be some flashbacks in ‘Doctor Sleep’ which would require a young actor.
Ewan McGregor plays the adult Danny who is the focal character of the film. He finds himself on the run from Rose the Hat, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who feeds on the psychic energy given off when those who possess “the Shining” die. Mike Flanagan wrote the screenplay and is directing the picture.
‘Doctor Sleep’ takes place three decades after the events in ‘The Shining’ at the Overlook Hotel. Danny (or “Dan” as he now calls himself) has become an alcoholic to numb the pain of the experience. He works in hospice care, using his abilities to ease the pain of his dying patients. Kyliegh Curran portrays another young psychic, Abra, who informs Dan of the cult-like society known as the True Knot, led by Rose the Hat, who track down those with the “Shine” abilities to kill them.
‘Doctor Sleep’ also stars Selena Anduze, Jocelin Donahue, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Alyn Lind, Robert Longstreet, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Catherine Parker, Carel Struycken, and Chelsea Talmadge.
Tremblay was most recently seen in the big-budget tentpole ‘The Predator’ and the indie ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’. His voice can be heard on the animated Amazon series ‘Pete the Cat’.
‘Doctor Sleep’ is set to open its eyes on January 24, 2020.