Hulu’s Castle Rock is coming later this month, but before it does, the streaming service would like to whet viewers’ appetites with a revealing look at the new horror series. Based on the works of Stephen King, the new show has a great hook in that it’s going to be chock full of references to the prolific author’s previous, and in some cases, most famous works. It also has a great cast that includes André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, and Bill Skarsgård (who you may recognize as Pennywise in the recent adaptation of IT). And just in case that’s not enough to get King fans excited, the series is produced by J.J. Abrams, who’s had some experience bringing the author’s work to Hulu with the 2016 limited series 11.22.63.
Castle Rock, though, looks to be a completely different animal. An original series with an original story that just so happens to be set within the larger world of King’s fiction, there’s a degree of difficulty in bringing the two together that makes the show’s concept unique and intriguing. And despite Abrams’ involvement, the series hasn’t been too cheeky with regard to filling audiences in on what it’s actually about, as seen in the new trailer recently released by Hulu.
Set to the eerie and melancholy sounds of Ricky Nelson’s ‘Lonesome Town,’ the new trailer goes all-in on atmosphere, while hinting at some of the bigger story elements at play. Key to the new trailer is Skarsgård’s character, who is a mystery to everyone (audience included) as it appears he’s popped up in a prison with no record of ever having been an official guest of the state. The mysterious prisoner is the link to Holland’s Henry Deaver and potentially a whole lot more, as it pertains to the creepy and downright unholy things that appear to be going on in Castle Rock.
For all the trailer seems to reveal, it also generates some intriguing questions, mostly pertaining to Skarsgård’s character and that unsettling stare of his. For starters, his inquiry: “Has it begun?” As fans of genre entertainment know, that sort of question is not good for anyone involved, especially when it’s asked by a laconic man whose own existence is part of an unnerving puzzle. Thankfully, Glenn is on hand to throw fuel on that particular fire by saying things like, “I always thought the devil was just a metaphor.”
There are Easter eggs hidden within the trailer itself (the newspaper clipping alluding to Cujo is a nice touch), but hopefully Castle Rock will be the kind of series that can offer fans those little touches while delivering a compelling story at the same time. With the series set to premiere this month — its world premiere will be at SDCC 2018 — fans won’t have long to find out.
Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, July 25 on Hulu.