Danny Lloyd, who played Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining, has since retired from acting. Although he rarely gives interviews, Lloyd revealed his reaction to the newly-released Doctor Sleep trailer.
"I was surprised," he told The Hollywood Reporter about the trailer, which released on Thursday. "It looked really good. I was curious since there is a fine line they have to walk with Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. It looks like they found a way to pay tribute to both."
Lloyd is entirely on board for the next chapter in the Torrance saga. When asked if he'll attend Doctor Sleep when it releases this fall, he said, "I'd like to see it right when it comes out."
Despite receiving critical accolades for his film debut, Lloyd only has one other credit after The Shining, opting to retire from acting at the age of ten. He now teaches biology at a community college in Kentucky. "I try to keep it on the down low," he explained. "You get students of all different ages. The younger ones are not aware, and that's how it should be. But now and then, a student will say something."
Doctor Sleep, based on King's sequel to The Shining, follows a now-adult Danny (played by Ewan McGregor) trying to reconcile the traumatic events of his childhood at the Overlook Hotel, as well as meeting others who also possess the "shining." The first trailer contained several shots paying homage to Kubrick's original.
Doctor Sleep, which centers on the adult Danny Torrance years after the traumatic events at the Overlook Hotel, stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon. It's scheduled for release on November 8.