While Stephen King stories like Stand by Me and IT are often steeped in nostalgia, the author’s reputation is for horror. Still, I was surprised by the seriously dark tone of the first trailer for Castle Rock, the series he’s producing with J.J. Abrams for Hulu. Look for cameos from Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård and Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in 1976 (among many other famous faces).
Official Synopsis: Enter the chilling world of Castle Rock, the new Hulu Original drama series from Executive Producer J.J. Abrams and the mind of Stephen King. Other cast members include: André Holland, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Melanie Lynskey, and Terry O’Quinn.
Here’s what Abrams said about Castle Rock on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last March:
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. And all of these characters from Stephen King’s books sort of are peripherally involved.
We still don’t have a solid release date for Castle Rock, but it won’t be until 2018; we’ll bring you additional details as they emerge. Stay tuned!