Lizzy Caplan of Mean Girls and Master of Sex is currently - no pun intended - killing it in the second season of Hulu and J.J. Abrams' Stephen King anthology series Castle Rock. In this new season, Caplan plays King's notorious nurse from Hell, Annie Wilkes, a role made famous by actress Kathy Bates (American Horror Story, About Schmidt) in director Rob Reiner's adaptation of King's novel Misery. And the other day, Kathy Bates took to Twitter to sing young Lizzy Caplan's praise.
Wow, I can't imagine how excited Lizzy Capalan must be to be showered with such praise from Bates. I mean this is like Jack Nicholson giving Heath Ledger praise for taking over the role of Joker. Or Heath Ledger somehow giving Joaquin Pheonix praise for taking over the role once again in director Todd Phillips' recent re-imagining.
But as a fan of not only King's Misery source material, but Rob Reiner's original adaptation, I have to say that I'm still more than a little on the fence regarding who is THE Annie Wilkes. I mean Caplan is literally killing it as the character each week over on Hulu, but when you say Annie Wilkes my mind still thinks Kathy Bates. Is it because I'm really just a mean old man in my heart and set in my mean old man ways? Maybe. Or maybe Bates just inhabits the character in a bolder fashion. Shrugs. I'll still give Caplan 'till the end of the season to change my mind.
Now for anyone that might be a little out of date with their Stephen King adaptations, Kathy Bates - or Jo Bennett from The Office for the younger crowd - played Annie Wilkes in director Rob Reiner's (The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap) original take on King's novel Misery. She starred alongside James Cann (The Godfather, Elf) who played a famous author named Paul Sheldon. After Cann's character breaks his legs and almost dies in a car crash not too far from Annie's front door, the lonely nurse (and number one fan) brings him home to, you know, nurse him back to good health. But things don't go as planned after Annie finds out Paul killed off her favorite character in his new novel.
Meanwhile, Caplan's Annie Wilkes from Hulu's superior second season of their Stephen King anthology series Castle Rock brings us a younger version of King's nurse from hell, who gets stranded along with her daughter in the infamous King township after - you guessed it - a car crash. On top of Caplan as young Annie Wilkes, the new season of Castle Rock features Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Jacob's Ladder) as Reginald "Pop" Merrill and Eigth Grade breakout star, Elsie Fisher as Wilkes' daughter, Joy. Abrams and King serve as the show's executive producers alongside showrunners Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason, and Ben Stephenson, Vince Calandra, and Liz Glotzer. The new season is now streaming over on Hulu. Give it a watch tonight! Meanwhile, this story comes to us from Kathy Bates over on Twitter.