Ewan McGregor in Doctor Sleep

The cinematic take on Stephen King’s ‘Doctor Sleep‘ was able to snag Ewan McGregor in the leading role and director Mike Flanagan is sharing how that happened.

When the trailer launched, Flanagan shared how it all came about:

“We definitely wanted it to be someone that looked like he could actually be the offspring of Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. More, though, it was about making sure we had someone who felt like Dan to us. I never really wanted to worry too much about making sure there was an element of Jack because there really doesn’t need to be in Dan. His last memory of his father, he’s five years old. Ewan can still arch the brows and throw a mean smile at you. He can do it. But that was never really the point for us. It was really like, Okay, does he look he could be [their child]? Then, great. Then, that’s plenty.”

While I feel that McGregor is an amazing actor, I’m not sure if I think he fully matches the look that they were casting for.


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Do you agree with Mike Flanagan that Ewan McGregor could pass as the child of Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall? Has the first trailer caught your attention so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

“The World Will Shine Again” when ‘Doctor Sleep’ appears in your local theater on November 8th, 2019!


Source: Entertainment Weekly