Hulu’s upcoming Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock burst onto the scene with quite a tease back in February of 2017. But it quickly got lost in the shuffle as numerous high-profile film and television adaptation of such renowned King works as The Dark Tower, IT, and The Mist , and Gerald’s Game took center stage. Castle Rock was merely biding its time, however, and now the town at the center of so many mysteries in the Stephen King multiverse is ready to tease and tantalize with a new and ominous trailer.
The fictional Maine town unites numerous King novels including The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and the anthology Four Past Midnight. 1991’s Needful Things was proclaimed by King at the time to be “the last Castle Rock story.” Yet the town and its inhabitants have gone on to feature in recent works such as Doctor Sleep and Revival. But the Hulu series, which is set to debut in 2018 appears to follow an all-new storyline while drawing references from all of King’s deeply-interconnected body of work. Producer J.J. Abrams, speaking on Jimmy Fallon, claims the renowned horror author “went nuts” for the idea of this original story – a story which the trailer drops only the most disturbing hints at.
Castle Rock will unify the King mythos in real life as well as in fiction, however. Abrams and King previously worked to bring the author’s time-travel story 11/22/63 to the small screen in 2016, while the series will feature performances by actors Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek who have played the title characters in film adaptations of IT and Carrie respectively, and Melanie Lynskey who previously took on King’s work in the 2002 miniseries Rose Red. Other veteran actors who will appear in the journey through the haunted town include Scott Glenn (Daredevil), Andre Holland (Moonlight), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), and Terry O’Quinn (Lost).