Doctor Sleep adds Rebecca Ferguson as the villain

Rebecca Ferguson has joined Ewan McGregor on the Doctor Sleep film

Update (29/06/18): Mike Flanagan tweeted that Rebecca Ferguson will be playing Rose The Hat, the film’s terrifying antagonist.

Rose and her band target children with psychic abilities and drain them of their shine, prolonging their lifespan.

Original story:

Ewan McGregor is no longer Doctor Sleep‘s sole cast member: The Snowman and The Greatest Showman star Rebecca Ferguson has just joined the film, Variety reports. However, it’s currently unknown who Ferguson will be playing.

The film is of course based on Stephen King’s The Shining sequel of the same name, which follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) as he “carries the trauma of 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.

“Those powers return 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 a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths.”

Doctor Sleep is being developed by Warner Bros and directed by Mike Flanagan, the man behind such horror gems as OculusHush and Gerald’s Game. Flanagan and Akiva Goldsman (The Dark Tower, The 5th WaveI Am Legend) are working on the screenplay.

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