Hulu’s J.J. Abrams-produced “Castle Rock,“ which is set to dive deep into the Stephen King multiverse and bring together many of King’s stories for one epic saga, is premiering on Wednesday, July 25 with the series’ first three episodes, and Hulu is serving up a brand new trailer today that’s full of references to King’s classic tales.
Much of the trailer focuses on IT star Bill Skarsgård, who will be playing an inmate at Shawshank. You’ll spot nods to Cujo, IT, and other King stories that featured the fictional town he created. This looks to be a big time treat for all mega fans of King’s work, to say the least.
“Castle Rock is this town that [King] made famous in all these different books; and these two writers, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw, came up with this incredibly cool, terrifying, weird, funny idea of a series, new story, that takes place in this town,” Abrams recently told Jimmy Fallon. “And all of these characters from Stephen King’s books sort of are peripherally involved. We pitched it to Stephen King. He went nuts for it.”
From Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, “Castle Rock” is named after the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. Per the producers, it combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.
Castle Rock first appeared in King’s 1979 novel “The Dead Zone”, and has reappeared as late as his 2013 novel “Doctor Sleep” and 2014’s“Revival”. The name is taken from the fictional mountain fort of the same name in William Golding’s 1954 novel “Lord of the Flies”. “Cujo”, “The Dark Half” and “Needful Things” were set in Castle Rock, while “Creepshow”, “The Stand”, “Sleepwalkers”, “Gerald’s Game” and “IT” reference the town.
The cast includes Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Allison Tolman, Scott Glenn, André Holland, Terry O’Quinn and Jane Levy.