André Holland, who starred in Oscar winning film Moonlight, has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s upcoming Stephen King and J.J. Abram’s show Castle Rock. The 10-episode series was announced by Hulu as the newest addition to their original programming in February.
This is the first casting decision and overall solid news about the series. Holland will play Henry, a death row attorney with a “unique and complicated history in the town.” Even though his is the only casting news so far, Holland comes with an impressive resume, so Hulu is going after serious players. Holland has appeared in many critically-acclaimed film and TV projects throughout his career, his television credits include The Knick, Damages, and American Horror Story: Roanoke. Film-wise, in addition to the Oscar-winning Moonlight, he’s been in Selma and Miracle at St. Anna.
So far the show is described as a psychological horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. According to Hulu, Castle Rock 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. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”
Other than the outline above and the announcement of Holland’s attorney character, details are vague. It’s worth noting Abrams and King also worked together to bring King’s novel 11/22/63 to Hulu as a limited series. Whatever they’re planning for Castle Rock, this could be the place to look in terms of tone or style.
Hulu also did release a teaser for the series back in February. It name drops characters from some of King’s most famous stories-turned-movies, like Salem’s Lot, Misery, and the Shining while connecting them with a red line. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has been the setting of many of King’s stories including The Dead Zone, Cujo, and The Body (the short story Stand by Me is based on). This helps set up the idea that they will “brush up against” multiple King stories. How this will play out is only hinted at in the trailer — whether or not we’ll see those places and characters in the show is still unknown but Hulu is the one who used the term “Stephen King multiverse.”
Fans of Stephen King are in for a great year. In addition to Castle Rock they also have another upcoming King show Mr. Mercedes (out Aug.9 on AT&T’s audience network), and this summer’s The Dark Tower followed by IT in the fall to look forward to. Hulu has also already said that Castle Rock is meant to be an ongoing series, the 10-episode order is not meant to be a limited run, so if all goes well you can expect even more from the King-based entertainment machine.