The Big ‘Doctor Sleep’ Mystery: How Will ‘The Shining’ Sequel Resurrect Jack Torrance?

IndieWire | 6/17/2019 | Staff
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Warner Bros. released the first trailer for “Doctor Sleep” on June 13 to much praise from fans of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” The film is based on King’s literary sequel to “The Shining” and picks up with an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), a struggling alcoholic whose shining abilities return after he tries to go sober and meets a young girl with similar supernatural gifts. The trailer confirmed director Mike Flanagan would be recreating scenes from Kubrick’s iconic 1980 horror movie, which is why the big question on every “Shining” fan’s mind is this: How is “Doctor Sleep” planning on resurrecting Jack Torrance?

News broke in August 2018 that Flanagan had cast new actors to play the familiar faces from “The Shining.” Newcomer Alex Essoe, best known for indie films such as “Midnighters” and “Red Island,” was cast in the role of Wendy Torrance, made famous by Shelley Duvall in Kubrick’s movie, while “Cagney & Lacey” and “Alias” actor Carl Lumbly was hired to play Overlook Hotel cook Dick Halloran, played in Kubrick’s film by Scatman Crothers. One character missing from the announcement was Jack Torrance, iconically played by Jack Nicholson. Neither Flanagan nor Warner Bros. have yet to mention Jack’s involvement in the “Doctor Sleep” movie, but book readers know he is going to make an appearance.

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In King’s 2013 “Doctor Sleep” novel, Jack plays a crucial role in the story’s climax. Danny returns to the Overlook Hotel (the film trailer ended with...
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