Jane Levy & Sissy Spacek Join Stephen King & J.J. Abrams Collaboration ‘Castle Rock’ | TV News
Stephen King‘s literary work has often intertwined with each other, often mentioning or taking place in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock. The setting will now be the basis for a new anthology horror series from Hulu, coming from both King himself and J.J. Abrams.
Having already cast André Holland (star of another anthology horror series, American Horror Story), the show has now added two more cast members. Jane Levy has signed on to play a death-obsessed historian of the town, while Sissy Spacek will play the mother of Henry (Holland), a retired professor with fading memories that might just hold the keys to Castle Rock’s past.
The show will reportedly combine “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”.
It’s an interesting idea, but we’ll wait to pass any judgement until we see how it comes together. Adaptations of King’s work are hit-and-miss to say the least, though a series that is long and detailed enough to draw out the horror of King’s work is probably the best way to go.
The first season is set to be ten episodes long, with the show being billed as 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 following seasons will follow different characters and storylines, while “interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons”.
Is it the Stephen King version of American Horror Story? Possibly, and depending on how you feel about that show, that comparison leads to either excitement or dread.
The Spacek casting is a nice callback to Carrie, and Levy has announced herself as a bit of a scream queen with starring roles in Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe, so the casting offers plenty of intrigue while the rest of the show is still clouded in mystery. King wouldn’t want it any other way.