Ewan McGregor confirmed for 'The Shining' sequel

Ewan Mc Gregor reportedly joins 'Shining' sequel 'Doctor Sleep' as grown-up Danny Torrance

While the world wonders about his potential involvement in the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that looks more and more likely in the wake of Solo's release, Ewan McGregor might have just bagged a huge role in another franchise entirely.

Per Variety, McGregor is set to star in Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros.' adaptation Stephen King's novel of the same name, the 2013 follow-up to his horror classic The Shining.

Film industry bible Variety reported the news on Wednesday, adding that sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability.

Following the events of that one fateful night at the Overlook Hotel, Doctor Sleep tells the story of Danny Torrance and the trauma he's internalized from his childhood.

Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix's adaptation of the King novella "Gerald's Game", is directing. But after forging a bond with a young girl who also possess the same power, Danny discovers that there are bad people out there with similar gifts - and they want the girl dead. They've found that their powers grow if they inhale the "steam" that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths.

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It remains to be seen if this film will serve as a standalone movie that acknowledges the storyline of The Shining or if it will in fact be a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic, which was also distributed by Warner Bros.

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