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‘Westworld’ Star Zahn McClarnon in Talks for ‘Doctor Sleep’

The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep is slowly beginning to piece together its cast. Currently, Ewan McGregor is starring as Danny Torrance and The Greatest Showman and Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Rebecca Ferguson has recently joined the project.

Now, Westworld‘s Zahn McClarnon is in talks for a starring role in the upcoming sequel to The Shining. Westworld fans know McClarnon from his role as Akecheta on the series and from the incredibly touching and captivating episode Kiksuya during the show’s second season.

'Westworld' Star Zahn McClarnon in Talks for 'Doctor Sleep'
Credit: Courtesy of HBO

The upcoming Warner Bros. film is based on King’s novel of the same title. The Doctor Sleep novel was released in 2013 and is a sequel to his 1977 classic The Shining, which was made into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. Doctor Sleep follows the adult version of Danny Torrance (McGregor) who is trying to deal with the trauma of what he experienced as a child at the Overlook Hotel.

Mike Flanagan (Netflix’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game) is onboard to direct with Trevor Macy and John Berg producing. According to Variety, plot details for Doctor Sleep are as follows:

[row]“Doctor Sleep begins as Torrance becoming a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls the pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. 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.”[/row]

Doctor Sleep is currently scheduled to hit theaters on January 24, 2020.

What do you think about Zahn Mclaron joining the cast of Doctor Sleep? Are you excited about this upcoming film? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter