Variety is exclusively reporting that Zahn McClarnon is in negotiations to join the cast of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining.
The novel, released in 2013, focuses on Danny Torrance carrying the trauma of the events at the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. he’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his ‘shining’ powers. His powers return however 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 cult group led by Rose The Hat, who feed off the ‘steam’ created by young people who have a touch of the ‘shining’. It is an excruciating fatal process for the victims and Torrance finds himself in their crosshairs as he tries to help the young girl elude their grasp.
Zahn McClarnon (whose credits include Longmire and Westworld), if he signs, will be playing the role of Crow Daddy, the right-hand man of Rose The Hat, according to Variety’s sources.
Doctor Sleep is being directed by Mike Flanagan, with Trevor Macy (Flanagan’s producing partner) serving as producer alongside Vertigo Entertainent’s Jon Berg.