'The Shining' Sequel Casts Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance

Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance in The Shining

Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix's adaptation of the King novella "Gerald's Game", is directing.

Yes, Ewan McGregor will be playing adult Danny in the film that Flanagan's go-to producing partner Trevor Macy will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg. But don't be surprised if filming begins this year.

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

Doctor Sleep picks up with Danny decades after the events of The Shining, when he follows in his father's footsteps of alcoholism and anger issues, blotting out his lingering trauma and his "shining" abilities with his drinking problems.

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However, his powers return when he sobers up and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice, where he establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities.

Warner Bros is pressing ahead with a movie take on The Shining sequel novel, and it's just recruited Ewan McGregor to star.

It remains to be seen if this film will serve as a standalone movie that acknowledges the storyline of The Shining or if it will in fact be a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic, which was also distributed by Warner Bros. 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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