Bill Skarsgård has been added to the cast of Castle Rock, an upcoming TV series inspired by the work of best-selling horror novelist Stephen King. The series will air on Hulu and will be based in the Stephen King multiverse, which will combine characters and stories from various works written by King. The cast of the show already includes Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy, with Andre Holland and Melaine Lynskey playing the two leads.
The 26-year-old Swedish actor comes from a family of famous actors, that includes his father, Stellen Skarsgard, and his brothers Alexander, Valter, and Gustaf Skarsgård. This will be Skarsgård's second role in a Stephen King project, following his appearance in IT this September, where Skarsgård will play Pennywise, an evil clown and the movie's antagonist. That film will release on September 7.
The actor, who has also had roles in Hemlock Grove, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and the upcoming film Atomic Blonde, will play a young man with "an unusual legal problem" in Castle Rock. Beginning with a 10-episode first season, the series will take viewers to the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, which has also served as the setting for several of King's books and short stories, including The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Body, and The Dark Half. Many of the stories set in Castle Rock have already been adapted to TV and film.
Before the show was officially announced by Hulu, a Castle Rock teaser trailer was released online, with references to Salem's Lot, The Shining, Needful Things, and Dreamcatcher to shows viewers that the series comes "from the world of Stephen King." The teaser also contained a reference to Pennywise, the same character that Skarsgård will play in IT.
Castle Rock is one of multiple TV shows based on the work of Stephen King currently in development, with Mr. Mercedes - based on the 2014 novel of the same name - being among the other series in the works. Another Stephen King-inspired TV show, The Mist, is currently airing on Spike.
Castle Rock will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, Liz Glotzer, and two of the show's writers, Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason. Production for Castle Rock is set to begin this year.
Castle Rock is expected to premiere on Hulu in 2018.