The new anthology series Castle Rock was exciting from the moment it was announced. Produced by J.J. Abrams and inspired by the titular fictional town created by the great Stephen King, the show promises to weave a complex mythology from King's fiction, creating new tales from a familiar and beloved source. The involvement of Abrams and King was exciting enough, but then the show got the gifted showrunning pair of Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan), and then it added Moonlight star Andre Holland as it first cast member. Now, the show had added two more intriguing stars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Suburgatory star Jane Levy and Oscar-winning legend Sissy Spacek have just signed on to star in Castle Rock. Spacek, whose breakout role was in Brian de Palma's adaptation of King's Carrie in 1976, will play Ruth Deaver, a "retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock's unsettling past." Levy, who's earned plenty of horror cred in recent years thanks to roles in Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, will play Jackie, an obsessive young woman who has named herself the town's unofficial historian. They join Holland, who plays Henry, a death row attorney with complicated ties to the town. He's also Ruth's adoptive, estranged son.
We don't yet know how these three characters will interact with Castle Rock's eventual plot (which we know virtually nothing about so far), but this is a fantastic cast. Spacek is, of course, an icon with a tremendous range and a built-in Stephen King lineage, while Levy is a young talent deft at both comedy and horror, and Holland is an accomplished character actor on the brink of a new level of success. Together they're bound to make Castle Rock, whatever it becomes, into something special.
Castle Rock arrives soon on Hulu.