The Life Of Chuck | Casting for Mike Flanagan’s new Stephen King film

The Life Of Chuck
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Mike Flanagan’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s interconnected short stories in The Life Of Chuck is looking very promising indeed. 

Director Mike Flanagan seems to pretty much be Stephen King’s screen proxy these days. He’s already helmed two cinematic adaptations of Stephen King’s work in the form of 2017’s Gerald’s Game and 2019’s Doctor Sleep. The latter was a sequel to King’s seminal horror novel The Shining, and Flanagan even managed to get King to agree to using imagery from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the book, even though King famously loathed what Kubruck had done with his story.

Flanagan also wrote and directed the limited series, Midnight Mass for Netflix, maybe the best Stephen King story to never emerge from the author himself. Then there was his Netflix swansong, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, which was similarly terrific. As such, we’re pretty excited to see what Flanagan can do with The Life Of Chuck, his planned film take on three of King’s interconnected short stories. Production began in Alabama this month following the securing of an interim agreement from SAG-AFTRA, the actors’ guild.

The full cast has now been announced for the project and it looks pretty great too: as has been announced previously, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill lead the ensemble while Chiwitel Ejiofor, Karen Gillen and Jacob Tremblay have also been announced.

The film will be told backwards, examining ‘the existence of its subject Charles Krantz in reverse (told you), beginning with his death aged 39 from a brain tumour and ending with his childhood in a house believed to be haunted.’

The project now boasts a gifted director and a talented cast. Stephen King adaptations over the last few years have been something of a mixed bag. 2023’s The Boogeyman was directed by Rob Savage and was a good effort but last year’s adaptations of Firestarter and Mr Harrigan’s Phone didn’t fare so well. We’ll bring you more on this one, including release details as we hear it.


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