A king for a King. The king from the popular Bud Light commercials, John Hoogenakker, has joined the cast of Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2, the Stephen King mashup series that incorporates characters and locations from various King works. Hoogenakker will play “a man with a complicated connection to Annie Wilkes.” Annie Wilkes is, of course, the unstable superfan from ‘Misery’ originally played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film adaptation, for which she won an Academy Award. Lizzy Caplan will portray Annie on ‘Castle Rock’.
In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Caplan), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
Elsie Fisher portrays Annie’s daughter Joy. Paul Sparks was recently cast as John “Ace” Merrill, a character who will be taking over his uncle Pop’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot. Pop will be played by Tim Robbins. Matthew Alan portrays Chris Merrill, is “Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother who struggles to keep the peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.” While Ace and Pop originate in King’s works, Chris was created for ‘Castle Rock’.
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Also created for the series, Yusra Warsama portrays Dr. Nadia Omar, “the Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot whose rational and scientific mind will be put to the test,” and Barkhad Abdi appears as Abdi Omar, “Nadia’s tough, older brother who leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.”
In addition to the Bud Light ads, Hoogenakker appeared as Matice on Amazon’s ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’. Prior to that, he had the recurring role of Scott Garland on USA’s ‘Colony’. He also appeared on ‘The Playboy Club’, ‘Boss’, and ‘Chicago Fire’.
It’s not clear when the second installment of ‘Castle Rock’ will be available, but it is expected by the end of the year.