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Casting: Child's Play stalking Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry; Doctor Sleep indoctrinating Bruce Greenwood

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Sep 19, 2018

A pair of classic horror properties making big comebacks both took steps towards beefing up their rosters today.

According to Collider, the in-development MGM film reboot of Child's Play (not the TV show) is in talks to sign Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Brian Tyree Henry (Hotel Artemis). And Deadline reports that Doctor Sleepthe never-before-filmed sequel to Stephen King's The Shining, has signed veteran actor Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek).

The original Child's Play famously follows the tale of a possessed Good Guy doll named Chucky, inhabited by the spirit of killer Charles Lee Ray, which is given to a young boy who's family must then deal with the wisecracking, knife-wielding Cabbage Patch-esque monstrosity. It yielded six sequels with titles like Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky. In the MGM film, which will be set in the present, Collider reports that the action will follow a group of kids, and that the doll will be somewhat "technologically advanced." Shades of Black Mirror?

Plaza is rumored to be in talks to play the mother of one of the kids, and Henry is expected to play a detective. 

It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are producing, with Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) directing and Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2) scripting. 

Child's Play, the original of which was released 20 years ago this year, has yet to announce a release date, as production is set to start shooting soon in Vancouver. 


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Doctor Sleep, however, has moved past the talking stage and into the signing stage with its newest cast member, Bruce Greenwood. Greenwood has signed on to play Dr. John in Warner Bros's 2020 release of the sequel to The Shining, written by Stephen King in 2013 and never before filmed. 

The film and book both pick up the story of little Danny Torrance (now called Dan) many years later, now an adult and staying sober through the help of AA, grappling with the same addiction as his father Jack. He works at a hospice in New Hampshire, providing the patients comfort at the end of their lives with the help of his "shining," a talent that gains him the nickname "Doctor Sleep." Dr. John, to be played by Greenwood, is the family doctor of Abra Stone, a young girl with a shining far greater than Dan's, who creates a telepathic link with him that leads Dan on a quest to save her life. 

Ewan McGregor has been cast as Dan Torrance, and Broadway actress Kyleigh Curran will be playing Abra Stone. Rebecca Ferguson is on board as "Rose the Hat," the leader of a cult that persecutes those with the shining. And Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe, and Zahn McClarnon have also been cast. Doctor Sleep is directed and written by Mike Flanagan, working off an adaptation of King's novel by Akiva Goldsman. 

Doctor Sleep is slated to debut in 2020.


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