10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
All the Official Details (So Far) About Hulu's J.J. Abrams-Stephen King Drama 'Castle Rock'
It's official: Hulu and Warner Bros. Television are reteaming with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King for drama series Castle Rock.
The news of the series was unofficially announced Friday with a cryptic teaser, and now both outlets have released more information about the forthcoming collaboration. THR will update this post as additional details become available, but here's everything we know so far:
Castle Rock is a 10-episode drama from writers and exec producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan). It's described as an ongoing series, though sources tell THR that it's more of an anthology that will weave together characters and themes from King's novels featuring the mysterious town of Castle Rock. Each season, sources say, will follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.
Here's how Hulu describes the series: "A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock 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. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by King. Shaw and Thomason developed the project for television and executive produce alongside Abrams and Bad Robot Productions' Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Moonlight breakout Andre Holland stars as Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in Castle Rock.
Carrie's Sissy Spacek will reunite with King and star as Ruth Deaver, Henry's estranged adoptive mother and a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock's unsettling past.
Suburgagory's Jane Levy is set as Jackie, the death-obsessed and self-appointed historian of Castle Rock.
Togetherness' Melanie Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who's barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone's worst nightmare.
Bill Skarsgard (It, Atomic Blonde) will play the series regular role of young man with an unusual legal problem.
Castle Rock reteams Abrams and King with Hulu and Warner Bros. Television following the streaming service's limited series 11.22.63, which starred James Franco. It's Abrams' latest TV series and joins HBO's Westworld.
A premiere date/time period is unclear. Production will begin this year.
In case you missed it, here's the teaser trailer for it and THR's original story.