STARZPlay Picks Up ‘Castle Rock’ Season 1 With UK Premiere In December
Stephen King drama ‘Castle Rock‘ finally has a home in the UK, as STARZPlay takes the premiere rights to the series and sets a December broadcast date for Season 1.
The psychological-horror series, set in the Stephen King multiverse, 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 fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: ‘Cujo’, ‘The Dark Half’, ‘IT’ and ‘Needful Things’, as well as novella ‘The Body’, and numerous short stories such as ‘Rita Hayworth’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. The first-of-its-kind drama reimagining and explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
The cast includes André Holland (‘Moonlight’, ‘The Knick’, ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’), Melanie Lynskey (‘Girlboss’, ‘Two and a Half Men’), Sissy Spacek (‘Carrie’), Jane Levy (‘Shameless US’, ‘Suburgatory’), Terry O’Quinn (‘Lost’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’), and Bill Skarsgård, who recently terrified coulrophobia sufferers everywhere, as Pennywise in ‘It’.
The show is written by Sam Shaw (‘Manhattan’, ‘Masters of Sex’) and Dustin Thomason (‘Lie To Me’, ‘Manhattan’), and comes from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
For those of you confused as to what is StarzPlay, it is an addition “add-on” channel you can get via Amazon Prime Video and (from 29th November 2018) Virgin Media. This as an additional service to the main Amazon & Virgin offering, and costs £4.99 a month. The channel is also home to the Brendan Gleeson/Harry Treadaway series ‘Mr. Mercedes‘, and JK Simmons sci-fi series ‘Counterpart‘, so now is an excellent time to subscribe.
‘Castle Rock‘ Season 1 premieres Friday, 14th December 2018 on STARZPlay in the UK.