Ewan McGregor to star in sequel to The Shining

The Beginners star will play an aged Danny Torrance, who we originally met in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

Sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting.

Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil helmer Mike Flanagan is set to direct. Flanagan's frequent collaborative partner Trevor Macy will produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. had been developing Doctor Sleep as well as The Shining's prequel Overlook Hotel for years but struggled to secure financing for either project.

But with It earning more than $700,000 worldwide for New Line a year ago, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production.

In Dr. Sleep, Torrance carries the trauma of the events at the Overlook Hotel into his adulthood and takes on some of the traits of his murderous father.

Getting sober revives Danny's powers, and he tries to put them to good use by working with terminally ill hospice patients.

He meets a little girl Abra Stone who also has psychic powers similar to his own and he gets caught up in a plot to kidnap her to gain control of her essence. They've found that their powers grow if they inhale the "steam" that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths. Danny Lloyd played a young Danny Torrance. Now, however, it is thought to be one of the great horror classics and has a built-in fan base ready for a sequel.

This marks the second time that McGregor will step into the role of an adult version of a literary character, with the arrival of Disney's Christopher Robin set to happen later this year. He is repped by UTA.

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