Ewan McGregor recreates Jack Nicholson’s famous scene from The Shining

Here’s Ewan! McGregor recreates Jack Nicholson’s infamous scene from The Shining as her stars in FIRST trailer for much-anticipated sequel Doctor Sleep

39 years after the cinematic release of The Shining, the first trailer for Doctor Sleep dropped on Thursday – which sees the story of Danny Torrance continue. 

Doctor Sleep is based on the novel of the same name, penned by Stephen King. The master of horror released the book in 2013 as a sequel to his book, The Shining, which was originally published in 1977, adapted for the screen in 1980 by Stanley Kubrick.

And while 2019’s adaptation of Doctor Sleep is directed by Mike Flanagan [Kubrick died in 1999] the film is set ‘in the same cinematic universe’ as the original, with flashbacks to The Overlook Hotel featuring in it.

The trailer treats fans to come of these moments which have been replicated by Flanagan, save for the infamous elevator moment, in which a river of blood pours from the sliding doors into the hotel’s lobby.

Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson star in the film – the former taking on the role of a now-adult Danny, who is still haunted by the events of his childhood when his father [played in The Shining by Jack Nicholson] became possessed by the malevolent ghosts of the hotel he and his family stayed in, alone, for the winter, only to become obsessed with the idea of murdering them.

The trailer sees Danny meet Abra [played by Kyliegh Curran] who shares the same extrasensory gift he possesses, known as ‘shining’.

Abra seeks out Danny so he might help protect her from Rose the Hat [Ferguson], who feeds off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

The Shining 2: Ewan McGregor stars in the first trailer for Doctor Sleep… the sequel to Stephen King’s iconic novel

There will be blood: The trailer treats fans to come of these moments which have been replicated by Flanagan, save for the infamous elevator moment, in which a river of blood pours from the sliding doors into the hotel’s lobby

As a result, Danny is forced to call upon his own powers and face the ghosts of the past.

The trailer opens with Danny in an attic bedroom – still communicating, via his gift, by writing messages on a chalk board.

It’s all very genial – ‘hello’, ‘good morning’ – until, one night, the word ‘REDRUM’ appears – in a chilling call back to The Shining.

‘REDRUM’ was of course murder spelled backwards. 

Chilling: Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson [pictured] star in the film


Here’s Johnny! Danny is seen back in The Overlook, walking toward the smashed up door made famous in The Shining’s ‘Here’s Johnny’ scene

‘The world is a hungry place. A dark place,’ Danny tells Abra. ‘ I only met two or three people like us… they died.

‘When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I don’t know about magic. I always called it The Shining.’

Fans are then treated to recreated iconic moments from the original – Danny on his tricycle, the old woman in the bath, the Grady sisters – as Rose the Hat is seen in the present day, trying to lure a child.

What’s more, Danny is seen back in The Overlook, walking toward the smashed up door made famous in The Shining’s ‘Here’s Johnny’ scene.

Abra seeks out Danny so he might help protect her from Rose the Hat [Ferguson], who feeds off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality

Danny recalls: ‘When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I don’t know about magic. I always called it The Shining’

The film has been a long time coming, having first been optioned in 2014 by Warner Bros – the studio also behind the remake of King’s other novel-turned-film It and the forthcoming It: Chapter Two. 

After It [2017] was such a commercial success, the studio fast-tracked Doctor Sleep for production, with casting taking place across the summer of 2018. 

The movie is set for a November 8 2019 release.

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