Rebecca Ferguson will star opposite Ewan McGregor in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining.
Ferguson’s role is unconfirmed, but speculation predicts that she will play Rose the Hat, the primary antagonist of King’s 2013 novella.
Director of Gerald’s Game (another Stephen King adaptation), Mike Flanagan will be adapting the novella. It is unclear if this will be a sequel to the 1977 novel or the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of The Shining released back in 1980. King infamously disliked the adaptation and closely monitored the 1997 television miniseries to ensure that it followed his vision.
“Doctor Sleep follows a now-adult Danny Torrance (McGregor) as he battles alcoholism and the trauma of what happened to him as a child in that Colorado hotel in The Shining. Along the way, he’s presented with an opportunity to use the shining power he discovered in the first book in a way that can help a young girl.”
Thanks to the success of New Line’s IT, Warner Bros. is moving forward with Doctor Sleep which has been in development limbo for a number of years. New Line, a Warner Bros. company, has just recently gone into production for IT: Chapter 2.
Ferguson recently starred opposite Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman and can be seen next in Mission Impossible: Fallout – in theaters July 27.