Doctor Sleep, Sequel to The Shining, Adds Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson is set to co-star with Ewan McGregor in Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel Doctor Sleep, the sequel to his classic The Shining.

According to Variety, Ferguson is in negotiations to play a character in the film, the exact nature of which has yet to be revealed. Ferguson will play opposite McGregor’s adult version of Danny Torrance, the tormented child whose supernatural ability to interact with spirits was the focal point of the original book and film.

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Ferguson, who is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s go-to leading ladies, had her big break as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, and is set to reprise the role in Mission: Impossible -- Fallout next month. More recently, she starred as Jenny Lind in December’s The Greatest Showman.

Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance as an adult, still coping with what happened in The Shining. Much like his father, Torrance finds himself with anger issues, as well as a drinking problem, stemming from attempts to dull his “shining” powers. Embracing sobriety, his powers return and he attempts to use them for good, helping the ill and infirm at a hospice. Soon, though, he finds himself hunted by a group with similar powers and far more nefarious goals.

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Doctor Sleep, as well as The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, have been in development at Warner Bros. for some time, but, following the success of the most recent It adaptation, the movie, as well as several other Stephen King properties, have been moving much more briskly toward production.

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