Hulu have released a new trailer for the upcoming original series Castle Rock, a psychological-horror anthology series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. It seems like every King novel is getting an outing on the big screen lately, so we’ll forgive anyone who hasn’t heard of this new series and tell you right now why it’s something to be very excited about: Castle Rock will combine elements from various King novels and stick them into one story.
Yes, you read that right: shades of IT, Carrie and The Shawshank Redemption will appear in this surprisingly ambitious offering from Hulu! Jaw, meet floor. Okay, it may sound like the type of terrible fan-fiction written by a 14 year old, but Abrams usually delivers. Frankly, you should just watch the trailer yourself.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“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.”
Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere July 25th. It will tell the story of an attorney named Henry Deaver (played by Moonlight’s Andre Holland), who returns home to Castle Rock to represent an inmate at Shawshank Prison with an unusual legal problem. You might also notice that the trailer heavily features Bill Skarsgard, who played Pennywise in the new movie versions of IT.
The show co-stars Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, 1994), Jane Levy (The Evil Dead, 2013), Sissy Spacek (Carrie, 1976), Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991) and Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather, 1987).