Ewan McGregor will play Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel

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McGregor will play adult Danny in the new film - Variety reports that King has given his "blessing" to the casting - with the character having been a child during the events depicted in The Shining.

Stanley Kubrick directed the original adaptation of "The Shining", starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

But it's interesting that McGregor signed onto a major studio film mere weeks after the box office disappointment of another Star Wars Story prequel, nearly like he suddenly had an opening in his schedule. It would be another 33 years before a follow-up was published, following Dan Torrance as he continues to deal with his "shining" powers as well as the alcoholism and rage that he inherited from his father.

Either way, if McGregor does sign on, it's another feather in the cap of a continually burgeoning Stephen King cinematic universe.

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But with It earning more than $700,000 worldwide for New Line a year ago, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production.

The actor has been cast as adult Danny Torrance in "Doctor Sleep", Variety confirms. He works as a hospice nurse, using his psychic powers to ease the transition for dying patients, but he's also fighting for sobriety, the same addiction that made his dad so vulnerable to the evil forces lingering around the Overlook Hotel decades before.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" adaptation "Christopher Robin". At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget.

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