We still know relatively little about Castle Rock and roll, the J.J. Abrams-produces Hulu series predicated on, well, literally every Stephen King booklet. Its under-wraps storyline will be original, however the story, shade, and character types will pull heavily from King’s whole bibliography. From the wildly ambitious idea, and, if indeed they can take it off, could be one of the better parts of the mind-boggling Stephen King adaptation boom we’re finding right now. Here’s the first teaser for the show, gives us some glimpses of some properly fucked-up things going down in Castle Rock and roll, Maine, in addition to no small amount of sneaky book references:
There’s good reason to believe they can yank this off, too. Sam Shaw, originator of the criminally underrated, under-watched Manhattan, is offering as showrunner, alongside Dustin Thomason. Abrams himself already recognizes his way around a Ruler Hulu series, as proven in the very agreeable 11.22.63. There is also the small subject of Tom Spezialy and Lila Byock within the writing team, both of whom did the trick (and excelled) inside the Leftovers’ final season.
Then there’s the ensemble, which reads as a murderer’s row (side notice: good potential occurrence idea, folks!) of individuals who you know will knock this the hell out of the park: Melanie Lynskey of Togetherness, Moonlight’s Andre Holland, Scott Glenn from the Defenders as well as the Leftovers, and goddamn Terry O’Quinn, who you understand as Locke from Lost. And that’s just for beginners.
Perhaps most excitingly, Sissy Spacek will be time for the King world after starring as the original Carrie in Carrie more than four generations ago. A more recent standout collaborator, Monthly bill Skarsgard, is also starring. A wondering choice, considering that just one single month ago he debuted among the most well-known Stephen King character types in the known world. Feel free to let your imagine run crazy on the particular one. Then again, he was playing an otherworldly giggling murder clown in It, and in Castle Rock it appears he’ll be considered a regular ol’ human being. Bummer.
Castle Rock doesn’t have a nailed-down premiere night out yet, but 2018 is getting deeper every day. ‘Til then, there’s a lot of other Stephen King stuff to get up on.