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Castle Rock, an anthology series set in the world of the stories of Stephen King, and produced by J.J. Abrams, debuted on Hulu last year. The series was hailed a success for its psychological thriller storytelling. Now, a new cast of characters joins the show for the next chapter of horror and mystery, debuting October 23rd.
The 10-episode new season stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, Elsie Fisher and Matthew Alan.
The upcoming season will explore a feud between warring clans that comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes of Misery fame, played by Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, The League), gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
The stars of Season 2 of Castle Rock – Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, Elsie Fisher, Matthew Alan, and co-creator Dustin Thomason – attended New York Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming season.
Castle Rock co-creator Dustin Thomason said “I think that fans will recognize the Castle Rock of season two and the tone of season two will be sort of something that will feel familiar, but at the same time, one of the things that I love about Stephen’s work is that he writes books that are so different and varied in tone. He ranged from Children of the Corn to Shawshank Redemption, and so from everything in between is where I think we felt from the beginning that it would be exciting to tell an anthology show.”
Tim Robbins joins the cast as Reginald “Pop” Merrill, a character from King’s short story The Sun Dog, who is dying from cancer and is facing a reckoning with his crime family. Robbins describes his character as “morally complicated”. “His past is full of demons and ghosts”, Robbins said. “He’s probably the only one in the town who can recognize a certain element of the town that has a tenuous hold on itself and at any time can burst.”
Watch the trailer below!