Just a few days before the big game, Hulu has debuted its Super Bowl commercial for upcoming original series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and the world of Stephen King. Castle Rock premieres Summer 2018, only on Hulu. This footage offers a number of intriguing references that Stephen King fans will surely notice.
The trailer begins with Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) returning to his Maine hometown of Castle Rock, revealing to Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn) that he has come back because he received a call from Shawshank prison, the same iconic prison from The Shawshank Redemption. Oddly enough, Henry doesn't know who actually placed the call to him, as the trailer also reveals a newspaper headline that the warden at Shawshank committed suicide. There is also a brief scene with Henry Deaver at Shawshank, speaking with an unnamed prisoner, played by Bill Skarsgard, who last year played the horrific Pennywise in the blockbuster IT movie adaptation.
The trailer also offers a glimpse at the show's female lead character Molly Strand, played by Melanie Lynskey, along with Sissy Spacek, who returns to the Stephen King universe as Ruth Deaver, after playing the iconic Carrie White in the 1976 horror classic Carrie. The trailer also features brief glances at Jane Levy's Jackie, Terry O'Quinn's Dale Lacy along with an unknown woman jumping off a bridge, along with Ruth Deaver seen with a blood-soaked German Shepard, which may or may not be a reference to Cujo. The trailer ends with Ruth Deaver stating that something terrible has already happened.
The series has been described as 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. 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.
The town of Castle Rock, Maine was featured in Stephen King's stories such as Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, along with the novella The Body and a slew of short stories. Hulu still hasn't announced a premiere date for Castle Rock yet, but we should hear more about this highly-anticipated series sooner rather than later. Take a look at the Super Bowl trailer below, courtesy of Hulu YouTube.