Lost’s John Locke has been cast in J.J. Abrams upcoming Castle Rock series – based on the works of horror maestro Stephen King.
The Hulu drama will see veteran actor Terry O’Quinn portray Dale Lacy, “a pillar of the community in the town of Castle Rock” so it’s almost a certainty you can add “but he’s actually an evil muthafucker” to that, too.
He will be joined by Scott Glenn (yaaay – The Leftovers), Sissy Spacek, (Bloodline) Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard.
Stephen King was long rumoured to be a secret writer on Lost and, while I’m pretty certain he wasn’t, his omnipresent themes of good and evil played out through darkness and light were a huge part in Lost’s much-maligned finalé. Yes, people have been writing about good versus evil for millennia, but Damon Lindelof admits to King’s influence.
After his death, Terry O’Quinn’s character John Locke went on to become The Man in Black (or, Flock) a two-thousand-year-old, shape-shifting smoke monster who wanted to rid the earth of humankind. For me The Man in Black contained shades of The Stand’s Flock and Leland Gaunt’s mysterious wish-granting customer in Needful Things.
The town of Castle Rock has been a mainstay of King’s writing for four decades, having served as backdrop to Cujo, It, The Dark Half and Needful Things while the surrounding fields, woodlands and railroad track is where Gordie, Vern, Chris and Teddy found The Body in the film adaptation Stand by Me.
With decades of material, the possibilities are endless for this new multiverse: The backwater Maine town and its surrounding woodlands is home to the vampires of Salem’s Lot, Pennywise the Clown, the murderers of Shawshank State Prison and the lunatics of Juniper Hill Asylum – the ideal environment for Quinn to re-emerge, surely as a harbinger of evil.
The last Stephen King/J.J. Abrams collaboration for Hulu, 11.22.63, based on King’s wholly unoriginal novel about a time-traveller sent back to stop JFK’s assassination looked great but lacked emotion. Event after event happened to hapless James Franco until they played out… to their inevitable conclusion.
As such, things aren’t looking great for Castle Rock but so long as we get to see Ace Merrill fight Danny Torrance at the Overlook Hotel, I’m happy! Hell, the scene almost writes itself:
Hello, Ace. I see you brought a flick-knife to an axe fight.
With any luck, Castle Rock will drop on Hulu early in 2018.