Hulu renews 'Castle Rock' for a second season
The decision comes after Castle Rock became the most successful first-season original launch for the steaming platform
Hulu has just announced that the psychological thriller 'Castle Rock' will be coming back to spook fans for a second season. The show was given a second season renewal early owing to the success of the first season that premiered on July 25. The casting, timetable, and the number of episodes for the second season are yet to be determined. The Hollywood Reporter's sources say that there is a possibility that the second season may see a fresh new cast altogether. Season 1 features stars like Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgard.
Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason who serve as showrunners and exec producers for the show told the publication, "Each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end. But I think that, just as the books do, we want to surprise viewers with the ways in which the stories intersect. Just as the places the characters pop up in very unexpected ways throughout the books, that's the kind of anthology that we would like to tell.
"One of the things about the King universe or multiverse is that some very strange things can happen when it comes to the ways that the stories unfold. Hopefully, there'll be surprises along the way in terms of how the anthology works.
"It's pretty delicious that Kathy Bates played both Dolores Claiborne and Annie Wilkes when you really think about that question in the movie adaptations. We think there's something for us about being faithful to the way that Steve does it in the books, that almost feels like the anthology format has already been laid out for us."
'Castle Rock' is based on the stories of acclaimed supernatural fiction author Stephen King and intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock — a significant part of King's fictional Maine topography and a setting for many of his novels, novellas, and short stories since its first appearance in his 1979 novel 'The Dead Zone.'
According to an official description by Hulu, the show is "an original story that 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 Maine woodland."
The first season follows André Holland (Moonlight, American Horror Story: Roanoke) who portrays the protagonist, Henry Deaver, a death-row attorney who hasn't returned to his hometown since the townspeople turned on him after an accident — of which he has no memory — killed his father and left him the sole suspect.
Besides Holland and Lynskey, 'Castle Rock' also stars Scott Glenn as Alan Pangborn, the world-weary former sheriff of Castle Rock, now retired, Sissy Spacek as Ruth Deaver, Henry's adoptive mother, who struggles with dementia, Terry O'Quinn as Dale Lacy, the warden of Shawshank State Penitentiary, and Jane Levy as Jackie. Chosen Jacobs, Allison Tolman, and Noel Fisher appear in the recurring roles.