Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Will Take On Stephen King's 'Misery' In Season 2

Lawrence Kim
March 21, 2019

"Castle Rock", which premiered in July, 2018, is Hulu's second series from the King universe.

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 ME woodland.

King's 1987 novel Misery will serve as a jumping-off point for season 2, with Lizzy Caplan set to play deranged nurse Annie Wilkes - a role made famous by Kathy Bates in the Misery film adaptation. Also joining the series' 10-episode sophomore run: Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher (as Annie's daughter Joy!), as well as Oscar victor Tim Robbins and Garrett Hedlund (Pan, TRON: Legacy). Season 2 features a new storyline as showrunners Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw intend to tell a complete story for each installment of the anthology. The streamer reported that within its first day of launch, "Castle Rock" became the most successful first season Hulu Original when considering consumption and reach. Hedlund will play John "Ace" Merrill, the town of Castle Rock's legendary bully who is taking over his uncle Po's business and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem's Lot.

Meanwhile, Robbins - arguably best known for his starring role in 1994's Shawshank Redemption, which was based on King's 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption - will inhabit another notable King subject: Reginald "Pop" Merrill (from King's 1990 novella The Sun Dog). Chris Merrill is a new character invented for the show.

As season 2 focuses on a feud between two warring clans, Warsama will play Dr. Nadia Omar, a Harvard-trained Somali medical director in Jerusalem's Lot, and Abdi will play Abdi Omar, Nadia's older brother who takes charge in building a Somali community center in Maine. While she brings the Misery, Fisher will bring the Joy, as in the name of Annie's homeschooled teenage daughter who begins to question her mother's sanity.

I loved nearly all of Castle Rock, except the final episode, which didn't quite stick the landing. The show will act as an anthology, with a different story per season, though we're promised some interaction with previous iterations as the series explores King's multiverse.

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