Hulu takes viewers to Stephen King’s Castle Rock.
Castle Rock is Hulu’s new psychological horror series based on the stories of Stephen King. The series intertwines characters and themes from all of King’s stories in the fictional town of Castle Rock. The show is a collaboration between J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.
The series is written by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason. It is produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. It is executive produced by Abrams, King, Shaw, Thomason, Ben Stephenson, and Liz Glotzer.
Castle Rock will bring together characters from King’s stories that include: It, Dolores Claiborne, Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Dreamcatcher, Night Shift, The Green Mile, Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, The Shining, The Mangler, Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, The Dark Half, and The Night Flier.
The series stars Melanie Lynskey as Molly Strand; André Holland as Henry Deaver; Jane Levy as Jackie; Sissy Spacek as Ruth Deaver; Bill Skarsgård as “a young man with an unusual legal problem;” Scott Glenn as Alan Pangborn; Terry O’Quinn as Dale Lacy; and Chosen Jacobs as Wendell Deaver. Fans of the Stephen King films will point out that original Carrie, Sissy Spacek, and the new Pennywise, Bill Skarsgard star as recurring main characters in the series.
Here is the synopsis of Hulu’s Castle Rock:
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.
The trailer begins with someone walking in the middle of the night towards a solitary house. A voice-over ominously states he fears for this place. He says everyone has got a theory about how it started, Castle Rock’s original sin. An older woman named Ruth (Sissy Spacek) walks cautiously through the woods with two others.
The voice-over alludes to God turning his back on the town. He says the town is paying for the sin of an unknown individual or group. An array of characters are seen wandering through the grisly town of Castle Rock. Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) is seen walking the grounds of Shawshank Prison.
The voice-over declares they are trapped in a violent cycle that dates back centuries. It’s said people who go mad plead that it wasn’t them, it was this place.
Along with the familiar faces of Skarsgard and Spacek, the trailer shows the familiar Shawshank prison. Also, shown is Melanie Lynskey’s character, real estate agent Molly Strand. Strand was a character from Rose Red. Missing Children posters litter Castle Rock, possibly alluding to Pennywise from IT. Deaver is seen looking at a possible secluded cemetery that may or may not be the iconic Pet Cemetary. Sheriff Alan Pangborn, played by Scott Glenn is also shown. King fans will remember Sheriff Pangborn from both Needful Things and The Dark Half.
Castle Rock debuts in the program queue July 25th, 2018.
Watch the trailer for Hulu’s Castle Rock: