Castle Rock TV series casts Scott Glenn as first confirmed Stephen King character

Finally, Castle Rock casts a Castle Rock character

We’ve seen a lot of casting news for the JJ Abrams-produced Stephen King TV series Castle Rock, and it’s all been great: Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Bill Skarsgård…but we hadn’t seen anyone cast as an actual Stephen King character…until now.

Deadline reports that Scott Glenn has been cast as Sheriff Alan Pangborn, the town’s lawman in the novels The Dark Half and Needful Things. The character was played by Michael Rooker in the former, and Ed Harris in the latter as he faced off against Thad Beaumont’s evil doppelganger and the devil himself respectively.

In Castle Rock, Pangborn will have handed in his badge and gun, and is now “a retired Sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock’s checkered history.” Yeah, it doesn’t get much darker than the entire town violently turning against each other because they really want some antiques. Buy now, pay later indeed.

Glenn recently starred in The Leftovers, which has just wrapped up its final season, he’s got The Defenders hitting Netflix on Friday, and his incredible CV includes The Silence Of The Lambs, The Right Stuff and Apocalypse Now. He’s perfectly suited the role, and he’s yet another incredible addition to an incredible cast. We really can’t get much more excited about this show. Now, who exactly is Bill Skarsgård playing?

“The psychological horror series is named after the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. It combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.”

Castle Rock comes from Manhattan duo Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason, and will have 10 episodes.

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