Ferguson joins Ewan McGregor, who was recently cast in the film.
“Doctor Sleep” is the sequel to “The Shining,” the Stanley Kubrick/Jack Nicholson horror classic from 1980. It was based on the 1977 novel by Stephen King, in which Nicholson played the winter caretaker at a haunted hotel, who brings along his wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall), and their young son Danny (Danny Lloyd).
Over the years, author Stephen King occasionally made passing mentions, speculating what his character, Danny, might be doing at certain points in his life. In 2013, he answers that question for fans and for himself when he published “Doctor Sleep.” The story follows a middle-aged Danny, who still shines, but has suppressed his abilities through a lot of alcohol and heavy narcotics. Broke, homeless, and with few options, he wanders north, eventually settling in a small town where he attempts to rebuild his life. But somehow, he discovers a connection with a young girl, Abra, several states away, who also shines. And some terrifying people are looking for her.
Warner Bros. has not said who Ferguson will play. But perhaps the most interesting choice would be the character of Rose the Hat, leader of the True Knot, the group that is after Abra.
Akiva Goldsman is writing the script. He won an Academy Award for writing “A Beautiful Mind,” in 2001. His other credits include “Batman & Robin,” “Cinderella Man,” and “The DaVinci Code.”
Mike Flanagan is set to direct. He has worked on several projects. Most notable might be “Hush,” which was a sleeper hit when it went to Netflix in 2016. He also directed other horror films including “Oculus,” and “Gerald’s Game.”
“Doctor Sleep” is still in the early stages. It isn’t expected in theaters until 2020.