If you are a Stephen King fan, then you’ve heard the name Castle Rock a few times. Hulu brings the fictional town to life in the new suspense series titled, Castle Rock. Series creators Sam Shaw and Dusty Thomason refer to the show as an anthology of King’s stories about the town; that just happens to include some interesting characters.
The show produced by J. J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot with King on board as an executive producer. Shaw and Thomason designed the show after FX’s Fargo. A series set in one location, but a new stories and new casts each season. It gives them the option to follow new characters set in the past, present, or future.
“You feel when Stephen King writes about these small towns is that there’s a story behind every shuttered window… that the town is a little advent calendar of stories and disasters.” -Shaw, ATX Television Festival
“We like the idea of actually being able to come across characters and catch back up with what they’re doing at unexpected times.”- Thomason, ATX Television Festival
The cast includes two Stephen King film vets, Sissy Spacek, who starred in Carrie as the title character in 1976. And Bill Skarsgård, best known as Pennywise the Clown in the updated version of IT and It: Chapter 2. There is also an Abrams alum Terry O’Quinn of Lost fame. Scott Glenn, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Castle Rock lead André Holland also star in this thriller.
Holland plays death row attorney Henry Deaver. Deaver returns home to Castle Rock after being asked for by The Kid (Skarsgård). The Kid is a mysterious inmate who turns up in the depths of Shawshank Penitentiary. Deaver is reluctant to return to Castle Rock because of an accident that took the life of his father, and that the townspeople blame him for. Spacek plays Ruth Deaver, Henry’s adoptive mother who suffers from dementia. The show will feature some of King’s most well known works. So you know it will be a bit creepy.
Here’s the official synopsis for the show:
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT, and Needful Things, as well as novella “The Body” and numerous short stories such as “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
Castle Rock will make it’s debut at San Diego Comic Con. The first three episodes will premiere world wide on Hulu on July 25. Be on the lookout for episode recaps of Castle Rock, here on Geek Girl Authority!