Ewan McGregor will play Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel

Ewan Mc Gregor cast as Danny Torrance in sequel to The Shining

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to horror novel The Shining, is being made into a movie, and McGregor is taking the lead.

Variety reports that McGregor is signed on for Warner Bros.' big-screen production of King's Dr. Sleep, the 2013 sequel that follows up on Danny's harrowing terror trip (eerily portrayed by Danny Lloyd in the 1980 movie) to the Overlook Hotel.

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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. Flanagan's frequent collaborative partner Trevor Macy will produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg. But don't be surprised if filming begins this year. In it, Danny Torrance holds the traumas of the Overlook Hotel in his adult life. According to Variety, he has lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his 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. Stanley Kubrick directed the 1980 adaptation of King's original novel, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall and is revered as one of the best horror movies of all time (even though King himself famously wasn't particularly fond of the adaptation). 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.

Ewan McGregor can be seen later this year in Disney's Christopher Robin alongside Hayley Atwell. He is repped by UTA.

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