It's been just over four months since the first cryptic Castle Rock trailer, with the cast coming together quite quickly, as the show has just found its female lead. Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness) has signed on to play Molly Strand, alongside Andre Holland (Moonlight), who was cast last month as Henry, a death row attorney who has a complicated history with the town of Castle Rock, Maine. Hulu has issued a 10-episode series order, with production slated to begin sometime this year.
Daedline reports that Melanie Lynskey is playing a character named Molly Strand, a real estate agent with a rare medical condition. She is said to be "barely scraping by," because, in the town of Castle Rock, Maine, "every third property is the site of someone's worst nightmare." Other confirmed cast members are Sissy Spacek (Bloodline) as Ruth Deaver, estranged adoptive mother of Andre Holland's character Henry. Ruth is a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock's unsettling past. Jane Levy (Suburgatory) has also been cast as Jackie, the death-obsessed, self-appointed historian of Castle Rock.
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, 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. 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. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller, a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Castle Rock reunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on the event series 11.22.63, based on King's novel. The series will stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally. Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason recently worked together on the critically acclaimed drama series Manhattan, which ran for two seasons on WGN America. Shaw created the show and served as an executive producer/writer, while Thomason also served as an executive producer/writer.
Melanie Lynskey starred as Michelle Pierson in HBO's Togetherness, which aired for two seasons between 2015 and 2016, and she also guest starred as Gail on Netflix's Girlboss and the Australian mini-series Sunshine. She also recently starred on the big screen in this year's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore and the upcoming And Then I Go. She will next be seen on the big screen in The Changeover alongside Lucy Lawless and Sadie with Danielle Brooks, John Gallagher Jr. and Tony Hale. With production beginning sometime this year, we should hear about more Castle Rock cast members coming aboard sooner rather than later.