The first official trailer for The Shinning sequel Doctor Sleep finally introduces us to an adult Danny Torrance.
In the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 horror novel and sequel to The Shinning, Danny (played by Ewan McGregor), Jack Nicholson’s on-screen son, is battling a drinking problem and the emergence of strange powers.
“When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I don’t know about magic. I always called it the shining,” he says in the trailer.
“We pick up Dan in New Jersey and in the throes of his alcoholism, kind of right at rock bottom is where we meet him,” writer-director Mike Flanagan said. “He’s nomadic, he’s violent, he’s crawled so far into a bottle that there doesn’t seem to be an easy way out.”
“It’s really kind of a strange experience to meet your hero kind at their most awful version of themselves. Structurally, it’s really fascinating, from a writing point of view. You kind of feel like, ‘This is our hero, ladies and gentlemen, you’re going to meet him puking.’ So, yeah, we pick up Dan at the lowest point of his life,” Flanagan added.
“More than anything, this is a story about his redemption and trying to avoid repeating the same fate that his father had to deal with, outside of the hotel, just with his own addiction.”
The clip features iconic Overlook Hotel moments, including the old woman in the bathtub, the Grady twins in the hallway and the blood tidal wave.
The feature also stars Carl Lumbly, Zahn McLarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe, and Cliff Curtis.
Doctor Sleep hits theaters November 8.