The outlet notes that author Stephen King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting.
Some awesome news for you guys tonight as Variety has just confirmed that director Mike Flanagan's upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining sequel novel Doctor Sleep has just found its adult Danny Torrance.
McGregor has had a pretty distinguished acting career, appearing in over 50 titles including films like Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge, and Star Wars Episodes I through III; now he'll reportedly be adding The Shining sequel to that list. His worsened drinking problem equally suppresses his pain and his previously titular "shining" ability.
"Doctor Sleep" picks up with Torrance years after the events of "The Shining". Stanley Kubrick directed the 1980 adaptation of King's original novel, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall and is revered as one of the best horror movies of all time (even though King himself famously wasn't particularly fond of the adaptation). As an employee of a hospice for the dying, Danny tries to use his powers for good, eventually establishing a connection with a young girl who possesses the same gift.
Torrance befriends a woman with similar "shining" powers, but the two quickly discover that they are being hunted by a group of individuals who want to kill them to enhance their own supernatural capabilties.
He can next be seen playing Christopher Robin's eponymous character in the fantasy comedy-drama film of the same name scheduled to be released on August 3, 2018.