Hulu‘s psychological horror anthology series Castle Rock will come back with a second season based on Misery, Stephen King’s 1987 psychological horror novel centred on nurse Annie Wilkes and her deadly obsession with romance novelist, Paul Sheldon.
The role of Annie will be played now by Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan. In Rob Reiner‘s 1990 feature adaptation of the story, Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her performance as Wilkes. We can’t say the expectations are quite high.
Joining Caplan to lead the Season 2 cast of Castle Rock are Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Garrett Hedlund (Triple Frontier) and Elsie Fisher (The Axe Murders of Villisca). Additionally, Yusra Warsama (The Last Days on Mars</em>), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why) join as series regulars.
Caplan’s Wilkes, employed as a nurse in this telling, is described as a superfan who is battling to overcome mental health issues. Fisher stars as Wilkes’ homeschooled daughter Joy, who is becoming increasingly disturbed by her mother’s behaviour. Robbins will play Reginald “Pop” Merrill, the famed patriarch of King’s iconic crime family who is dying of cancer.
Merrill’s family members include Hedlund’s John “Ace” Merrill – maybe the most notorious of the bunch – who aims to take over Pop’s operation and start a turf war with neighboring Jerusalem’s Lot, and Alan’s Chris Merrill, Ace’s brother who tries to keep the peace between the family and the Somali community embroiled in the feud.
Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, on Hulu later this year.