Warner Bros. is setting Carl Lumbly (pictured below in “Supergirl”) to play Dick Halloran and Alex Essoe (pictured above in Starry Eyes; Midnighters, The Neighbor) to play Wendy Torrance in Doctor Sleep, the continuation of the storyline from The Shining, reports Deadline. Those are the roles that Scatman Crothers and Shelley Duvall played in the Stanley Kubrick-directed original.
In addition, Variety adds that Zahn McClarnon is in talks to join Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in the adaptation of the Stephen King novel, which will be directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game, Hush).
McGregor stars as the adult version of Danny Torrance, while Ferguson plays Rose the Hat. Sources say McClarnon would portray Crow Daddy, the right-hand man of Ferguson’s character.
Rose the Hat is head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining.” It is an excruciating fatal process for the victims and Torrance finds himself in their cross hairs as he tries to help a young girl elude their grasp.
Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the life of the Redrum kid when he is in his 40s and struggling with the same demons of anger and alcoholism that plagued his father.
There are direct connections in the story to the Overlook Hotel and the incidents there that informed The Shining, which Kubrick directed in the classic 1980 Warner Bros film that starred Jack Nicholson, Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Crothers. Kevin McCormick is overseeing Doctor Sleep for Warner Bros.