Daredevil and The Leftovers actor Scott Glenn has signed on as a series regular in Hulu’s forthcoming Stephen King-inspired show Castle Rock, playing a character who will be very familiar to fans of King’s novels. Glenn joins a cast that already includes The Knick‘s Andre Holland, Stephen King veteran Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and IT star Bill Skarsgård (who won’t be playing Pennywise the Clown in Castle Rock).
Castle Rock is being described as a psychological horror-drama that weaves together characters and themes from a multitude of Stephen King works to create an “epic saga of darkness and light played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.” The town of Castle Rock features in a large number of King works, including his classic novels Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Dark Half and Needful Things.
Veteran actor Scott Glenn has been added to the cast of Hulu’s King-multiverse series as retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn, a man who knows all about the darkness lurking beneath the surface of Castle Rock (via TVLine). King himself revealed that he won’t do any writing on Castle Rock but will be in contact with producer J.J. Abrams during production of the planned 10-episode season. Abrams and King previously collaborated on the Hulu limited series 11/22/63.
A well-known face in film acting since his turn as cocky Alan Shepard in the 1980s astronaut epic The Right Stuff, Glenn has found a home on series television in recent years. On Netflix’s Daredevil he plays Stick, a blind martial arts master who trains the title character (he’ll reprise the role on The Defenders). On HBO’s acclaimed series The Leftovers Glenn plays former police chief Kevin Garvey Sr., the voices-hearing father of main protagonist Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). Horror fans will well-remember Glenn from his performance as Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs.
Glenn’s Castle Rock character Alan Pangborn appears in central roles in two King novels set in the fictional town, The Dark Half and Needful Things. In The Dark Half, Pangborn does battle with George Stark, a murderer spawned after a successful horror fiction author attempts to literally bury his pen-name. In Needful Things he’s pitted against Leland Gaunt, the demonic proprietor of an evil curiosity shop that mysteriously always has what its customers need most (if they’re willing to pay the horrible price). In the film adaptation of The Dark Half, Pangborn was played by Michael Rooker, while in Needful Things he was played by Glenn’s old Right Stuff co-star Ed Harris.
Pangborn is retired in the new series, so presumably he will be looking back at these and other horrifying episodes from the town’s history. We won’t know exactly what Abrams has in mind for Castle Rock until the show drops some time in 2018.
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