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The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep adds three to cast, including Westworld co-star

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Aug 1, 2018

Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 sequel to his horror classic The Shining, is fleshing out the rest of its cast.

Back in June, we got word that Ewan McGregor had joined the film to play Dan Torrance, the adult version of Danny Torrance, the boy with the frightening power to see the dead, or "shine." A couple of weeks later Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) also joined the film as Rose the Hat, the leader of a cult-like group called The True Knot, a sort of cabal of psychic vampires that feed on energy given off by people with the shining. That's a stellar pairing right there, and now we're getting a look at more of the supporting players.

Deadline reports that Carl Lumbly (Supergirl) has joined the film as Dick Hallorann, the former chef at the Overlook Hotel who mentors Danny and teaches him how to control his shining abilities, while Alex Essoe (Midnighters) will play Danny's mother, Wendy. Given the relative youth of both actors, it's likely that they will be appearing in flashbacks as Danny moves beyond the events at the Overlook, learns more from Dick about his abilities, and moves into adulthood as Dan Torrance.

The film has also added another antagonist in the form of Zahn McClarnon, who is "in talks" to join the film as Crow Daddy, another member of the True Knot and Rose the Hat's top lieutenant, according to Variety. McClarnon is known for his work on Longmire and Fargo, but is best known to genre fans right now for his powerful portrayal of Ghost Nation member Akecheta in Season 2 of HBO's Westworld.

Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance as he attempts to move past the tragedy of his family, and the alcoholism he inherited from his father, which also helps to numb his psychic abilities. In an effort to recover, he settles in New Hampshire, begins attending Alcoholics Anonymous, and starts working at a hospice, where his returning powers help him to peacefully guide dying people into death. That all changes when he makes psychic contact with a young girl named Abra, who can also shine, and he learns about the True Knot and its plan to abduct and feed off of her. 

Doctor Sleep, directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game), is set for a Jan. 24, 2020, release.