Editor’s note: This post was original published June 28th.
I have no idea how the cable business is going, but what I do know is that at my home, we cut the cord a while back and have since been happily spreading our wings. Of course, the multiple streaming outlets and networks with separate apps can quickly add up — so you have to keep an eye on those costs — especially since many are producing their own original series. Nobody predicted Hulu would suddenly become required viewing, but now here we are, all having been glued to (and gutted by) every single The Handmaid’s Tale episode. The show is one of the year’s best series, due in large part to its phenomenal cast, and just around the bend is another up and comer, an episodic compilation (and integration) of a number of Stephen King stories bound for Castle Rock.
February brought a teaser — more of a listing — naming some of the novels (and characters) that will be incorporated, including The Shining‘s Danny Torrance, Misery‘s Annie Wilkes, and It‘s (eek!) Pennywise,
and the King/J.J. Abrams pedigree meant it was immediately of interest, but now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty: Castle Rock‘s cast. And oh, what a wonderful group they’re turning out to be.
Leading the series is, from Moonlight, The Knick, 42 and American Horror Story, the glorious, André Holland as Henry Deaver, a death-row attorney in the town of Castle Rock, with a “unique and complicated history”.
Carrie herself, Oscar winner, and most recently starring as the despicable Rayburn matriarch in Bloodline, is Sissy Spacek, who plays retired professor, Ruth Deaver, Henry’s adoptive (and estranged) mother:
As Jackie, Jane Levy (Twin Peaks , Don’t Breathe, Suburgatory) serves as Castle Rock’s unofficial town historian, who is obsessed with death:
And as of today’s news, one of my personal favorites, Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Girlboss) joins the series as real estate agent, Molly Strand, who has a “rare medical condition and is barely scraping by”.
THR adds that “every third property” in Castle Rock is “a nightmare”. I mean, come on — this is Stephen King — we’d expect and accept nothing less.
Castle Rock is written by Sam Shaw (Manhattan, Masters of Sex) and Dustin Thomason (Lie to Me, Manhattan) and executive produced by King and Abrams; it will air on Hulu sometime in 2018.
And, if you haven’t watched I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, get on that right now; Lynskey kicks all the ass.
*Update: If you thought for even one second you could get away with not watching Castle Rock despite its already mind-bogglingly great cast, get ready to kick yourself and change your mind (read: cough up a few bucks for Hulu). Daredevil and The Defenders’ legendary Stick, The Leftovers‘ magnificent Kevin Garvey Sr.; that’s right, all-around amazing star of The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, and Urban Cowboy, Scott Glenn is coming to King town.
Glenn will play retired sheriff, Alan Pangborn, a character featured in Needful Things and The Dark Half (played by Ed Harris and Michael Rooker, respectively in the movie adaptations).
*Update: This cast keeps getting better and better. Lost (and Patriot) favorite, Terry O’Quinn (aka John Locke, aka Jeremy Bentham) joins as “pillar of the community“, Dale Lacy.
O’Quinn is one of my favorite in the world television actors; he brings an undercurrent of sly humor to everything he does, and I simply can’t wait to watch this series.
The first trailer is here, and it’s ominous, glorious, and all Kinged up (It, Cujo, The Shawshank Redemption). That shot of Sissy Spacek, though …
*Updated February 1, 2018 with the second teaser: