'The Shining' sequel casts its young star who possesses ‘shining’ gifts

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Warner Bros. has cast young actress Kyliegh Curran for the role of Abra Stone in Stephen King’s sequel to ‘The Shining’.

Curran, who’s coming off her broadway debut as Young Naia in The Lion King, will play Doctor Sleep’s pivotal character Abra Stone.

King’s follow-up to The Shining picks up decades after the horrific events that took place at the Overlook. A now middle-aged Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has found his life purpose providing comfort to the dying using telepathic abilities. Along the way Danny, or “Doctor Sleep” as he is coined, befriends Stone, a young girl whose extraordinary telepathic gifts are sought after by a group of quasi-immortals led by Rose the Hat played by Rebecca Ferguson.

Warner Bros. adaptation will be directed by Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan and written by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Dark Tower).

Stephen King’s upcoming ‘big three’ adaptations will release in the following sequence - Pet Sematary scheduled April 4, 2019, IT: Chapter 2 scheduled September 6, 2019, and Doctor Sleep scheduled four months later on January 24, 2020.

I'll be seated opening weekend for all three. How about you?

Source: Deadline

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