The Doctor Sleep trailer was unveiled earlier this week and original Shining actor Danny Lloyd was “surprised” by it. Lloyd famously played the young version of Danny Torrance in the Stanley Kubrick classic. Mike Flanagan directed the new movie, which is based off Stephen King’s novel and from the looks of things, Kubrick’s 1980 movie, which is also based on King’s source material. The trailer was received very well by fans who are trying to figure out what exactly is going on in the three minutes of footage we were treated to.
Danny Lloyd is no longer an actor and grants very few interviews since stepping away from the entertainment business. Lloyd is now a college biology professor and he was pleasantly surprised by what he saw in the Doctor Sleep trailer. He had this to say when asked about the trailer and seeing someone else portraying his character.
“I was surprised… It looked really good. I was curious, since there is a fine line they have to walk with Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. It looks like they found a way to pay tribute to both.”
In the big screen adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Ewan McGregor steps in to play the adult version of Danny Torrance. The older Danny is all set to go up against a semi-vampire in a battle for the soul of a young girl who also has the shining. While Danny Lloyd doesn’t go around advertising he was in The Shining these days, his family is well aware and they like to tease him about it. Lloyd says, “When it was on Netflix, my kids were watching it and making fun of my haircut.”
As far as Ewan McGregor taking on the Danny Torrance role from The Shining, Danny Lloyd is ready to see it and backs it 100%. “I’d like to see it right when it comes out,” says Lloyd when asked about checking out Doctor Sleep when it hits theaters. Maybe Mike Flanagan and Stephen King can help him out and send him to the world premiere. That might actually get his kids to stop making fun of his haircut from The Shining and score him some cool points at the same time.
Danny Lloyd was only five-years old when he starred alongside Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in The Shining. As for getting recognized by horror fans while teaching college courses these days, the former actor says it doesn’t happen too often, but when it does it’s normally someone who is on the older side. Regardless, Lloyd is excited to see Doctor Sleep and so are a lot more people who are curious about how the movie deals with The Shining and Stephen King’s sequel. You can check out the rest of the interview with Lloyd over at The Hollywood Reporter.