Ewan McGregor to play Jack Nicholson's grown son in 'The Shining' sequel

Ewan Mc Gregor reportedly joins 'Shining' sequel 'Doctor Sleep' as grown-up Danny Torrance

Dr. Sleep finds an adult Danny struggling with the same alcoholism issues that consumed Jack Torrance, Danny's famously psychotic dad brought vividly to life (and death) by Jack Nicholson.

A note to the skeptics: Mr. King has reportedly "given his blessing to McGregor's casting".

The Shining sequel has been in the works at Warner Bros. for years, but has been moving forward steadily since Gerald's Game director Mike Flanagan joined the project five months ago.

Stanley Kubrick directed the original adaptation of "The Shining", starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

In September of 2013, Stephen King released his sequel to his 1977 bestseller The Shining.

McGregor is best known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the Trainspotting movies, Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability. Both have led to the dilution of his "Shining" powers, which slowly begin to re-emerge as Danny turns to sobriety, and uses them to help hospice patients.

Doctor Sleep is expected to be released sometime in 2020.

He meets a little girl Abra Stone who also has psychic powers similar to his own and he gets caught up in a plot to kidnap her to gain control of her essence.

This marks the second time that McGregor will step into the role of an adult version of a literary character, with the arrival of Disney's Christopher Robin set to happen later this year.

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