Oscar winning actress, Sissy Spacek, coming to Orange
ORANGE — Fans of classic Stephen King horror stories have a soft spot in their hearts for Oscar winning actress Sissy Spacek. The actress that most recently held a recurring role on the Netflix series Bloodline, first saw fame with a starring role as the titular Carrie White in 1976’s Carrie, based on King’s novel of the same name. The story of a shy girl living under a domineering mother, who gets revenge on her bullying classmates when she develops telekinetic powers and uses them for deadly purposes at prom, it was a movie that film critic Roger Ebert gave 3.5 out of 4 stars and called an “absolutely spellbinding horror movie.” Through a press release today, it has been announced that Spacek will return to the works of King with a casting in the Hulu series Castle Rock, to be filmed in and around Orange.
Spacek will not be reprising her famous role, as fans of the story know (40-year old spoiler alert) Carrie’s own life came to its own gruesome end. Instead she will star as Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (André Holland), and whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock’s own unsettling past.
Also joining the cast is Jane Levy, known for the ABC series Suburgatory and the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. Levy will play the role of Jackie, a death-obsessed and self-appointed historian of the small town.
Castle Rock is being described as an anthology series from executive producer J.J. Abrams, known for popular television shows such as ABC’s Lost, HBO’s Westworld, and 11.22.63 which adapted King’s tale of a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy into a series for Hulu.
Castle Rock is being written by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, both of whom previously worked on the WGN America series Manhattan, a series based on the Manhattan Project that developed the first nuclear weapons, which Shaw created and Thomason produced.
Fans of King’s novels know that many of his stories, both long and short, take place in the small Maine town of Castle Rock, a name that King lifted from a location in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies. Stories that occur in and around Castle Rock include The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Body (adapted into the film Stand By Me), The Dark Half, and Needful Things. The town is also referred to in Rita Heyworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Pet Sematary, It, The Stand, and recently in Doctor Sleep, the sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining.