Hulu has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming series, which is set to debut the first three episodes on July 25th after premiering the first episode for lucky fans at SDCC. This new trailer puts a lot of the focus on Andre Holland’s Henry Deaver and IT star Bill Skarsgård, who is revealed in this trailer as having mysteriously shown up in Shawshank, the first of many nods to the various works of Stephen King that have been incorporated into the new series from J.J. Abrams.
Our Full Trailer Breakdown: Castle Rock’s New Trailer Teases A Plethora of Famous King Stories
You can check out the new trailer below, which features nods to IT, Cujo, and a few other works in this short trailer alone!
Continuing below is everything else we know about Hulu’s Castle Rock:
2017 was a phenomenal year for fans of Stephen King, as we saw a number of great adaptations (and some not so great) that continue to celebrate the master of horror and his fans. We loved films like Andy Muschietti’s IT: Chapter One in theaters or Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game on Netflix, but it’s actually a new TV project that has piqued our interest the most recently.
Castle Rock was first announced back in February of last year with a quick teaser that you can check out below. The teaser revealed that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot would be teaming with Hulu to bring us a shared cinematic universe based on the works of Steven King:
The name comes from the fictional town of Castle Rock that features in many of Stephen King’s stories, along with other fictional towns in Maine like Derry (It) and Jerusalem’s Lot (Salem’s Lot). Some of the most popular works that feature Castle Rock are Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Dark Half, and Needful Things, as well as a number of novellas like “The Body” – which became Stand By Me. The teaser itself also mentions other connected works like The Shining, Misery, and more!
The anthology will weave together characters and themes from those novels that use the Castle Rock location. Each season will follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.
The anthology series will be written by executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, and has assembled quite an impressive cast for the first season of Castle Rock, including a number of King-alums which we’ll list below:
Season One Cast
Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness) will play Molly Strand, “a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.” King fans may remember her as ‘Rachel Wheaton’ from the 2002 Stephen King/Steven Spielberg collaboration Rose Red.
Jane Levy plays Jackie, “the death-obsessed self-appointed historian of Castle Rock,” which is a role that is sure to put Levy in the forefront of many of these interconnected tales. Levy is no stranger to horror, having starred in Evil Dead (2013) and Don’t Breathe (2016), and we’re excited to see her continue working in the genre.
André Holland (Moonlight) will play Henry Deaver, “a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in Castle Rock.” Holland also starred in the sixth season of American Horror Story, and it’s through this character we start to see some of the legacy casting Castle Rock has exhibited…
Sissy Spacek (Bloodline) returns to the King universe as Ruth Deaver, “the estranged adoptive mother of Henry. She’s a retired professor whose fading memories might hold a key to Castle Rock’s unsettling past.” Carrie was King’s first novel in 1974, and Spacek played the title character in the 1976 film, which launched the entire King movie catalog.
Bill Skarsgård will play “a young man with an unusual legal problem” which should put him in line to interact with lawyer Henry Deaver. Skarsgård starred in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, but more recently and most famously played Pennywise the Dancing Clown in IT: Chapter One, a role he will no doubt reprise for the sequel.
Terry O’Quinn (Lost) will play “Dale Lacy, a pillar of the community in the town of Castle Rock,” which probably means he’ll be someone we should keep an eye on. O’Quinn played ‘Sheriff Joe Haller’ in the 1985 Stephen King adaptation of Silver Bullet, though they cast somebody else to play the Sheriff of Castle Rock...
Scott Glenn (The Defenders) will play now-retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn, a character that fans should be familiar with. He was previously played by Ed Harris (Needful Things) and Michael Rooker (The Dark Half), and is described here as having “presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock’s checkered history.” Seems like an understatement.
With such an impressive cast we’d be interested in this series even without the Stephen King connection!
First Look Teaser
The first footage from the upcoming series teased a number of interesting moments and introduced some of the above characters but left a lot up to speculation. You can check out that first teaser below:
We also learned that Castle Rock consists of 10 episodes and premieres on Hulu sometime in 2018. While we don’t have a more concrete release date yet, an official synopsis was released to further excite the fans:
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 planned Super Bowl spot for the show just dropped! This one gives us a lot more story and draws on the most famous film prison of all time – Shawshank. Check it out before Sunday!
Chosen Jacobs Has Joined The Cast of Castle Rock!
As you can see above, there are a number of Stephen King alums who have joined Hulu’s anthology series, where each season plans to tell a different connected story set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine that features in so many King stories. The latest alum to join the cast is Chosen Jacobs, who starred as Mike Hanlon in Andy Muschietti’s IT. The actor starred alongside Bill Skarsgård in IT, and will rejoin the actor for Castle Rock.
Jacobs is playing Wendell Deaver, the son of Andre Holland’s Henry Deaver. We can’t wait to see young Jacobs, and the rest of the cast, when Castle Rock premieres this summer.
Hulu has released an exclusive new trailer on Entertainment Weekly, and announced when the series will premiere!
Castle Rock is set to hit the streaming service on July 25th, and you can check out the new trailer below:
In the latest, exclusive trailer above, Henry (Andre Holland) returns to Castle Rock unsettled by the place he once called home. The teaser offers a few explanations as to why: His adoptive mother, Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek), seems shaken in her own house; a guard (presumably inside Shawshank) points his flashlight at something inside a cage; and locals stare at Henry everywhere he walks. Plus, there’s the corpse — or rather, the body— hidden under a sheet, the man in a mask, and Bill Skarsgård’s presence. (No, the It star isn’t playing Pennywise, but he looks creepy nonetheless.)
The voiceover (unmistakably delivered by Lost alum Terry O’Quinn, who plays Dale Lacy, though he’s never seen speaking on screen) sums it up best: “There’s blood in every backyard, inside every house. People say it wasn’t me; it was this place. And the thing is, they’re right.”
Not only are we getting the premiere of Castle Rock on Wednesday, July 25, but we’ll be getting it in triplicates. That’s right! We’ll be getting three episodes on that date. King fansite Lilja’s Library reports today, “When Castle Rock premieres on July 25 there will be three episodes available at once. Then the rest will air once a week.”
“Castle Rock is this town that [King] made famous in all these different books; and these two writers, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw, came up with this incredibly cool, terrifying, weird, funny idea of a series, new story, that takes place in this town,” Abrams recently told Jimmy Fallon. “And all of these characters from Stephen King’s books sort of are peripherally involved. We pitched it to Stephen King. He went nuts for it.”
We recently reported that Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series, Castle Rock, will be having a three-episode, one-night premiere on Wednesday, July 25. Now, EW posted their set visit report, which includes a few new photos that feature new looks at Bill Skarsgård’s as a mysterious prisoner at Shawshank State Penitentiary, Scott Glenn as Needful Things and The Dark Half character Alan Pangborn, and the original Carrie White herself, Sissy Spacek as Ruth Deaver.
“He’s a very traumatized creature,” Skarsgård said in the piece. “He’s very feral. He’s not normal. Everything is off and wounded in some way.” He added, “A lot of what he’s been through has shaped who he is, and…I can’t say who he is without revealing what he’s been through.” Looks like Skarsgård is heading straight back into Stephen King territory as Castle Rock is set to premiere just as IT: Chapter 2 is gearing up for production in Toronto this summer.
Around the same time as these new photos, author Stephen King also revealed his approval of the show. King gave his thumbs up in an email to executive producer J.J. Abrams after viewing the show’s pilot. Abrams then shared the letter with the cast and crew of the upcoming Hulu series.
“It was a very, very cool moment when J.J. forwarded us the email,” Shaw said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “You want to be sure that when Stephen King watches your Stephen King show, he’s happy.”
You can check out those new photos from the EW feature below as well:
We get to see Castle Rock for the first time at this year’s SDCC!
via Comic Book Resources:
The J.J. Abrams-produced Hulu drama based on Stephen King’s works will premiere next month at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The Castle Rock panel will have more than a exclusive trailer or cast discussion about the upcoming drama: It will feature the world premiere of Castle Rock, with a screening of the pilot. The presentation will also include appearances by cast, with stars Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgard, and Melanie Lynskey expected to appear.
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