The mysteries surrounding Castle Rock are starting to get a little clearer – at least when it comes to the show itself, because Hulu and the creators are still playing their cards close when it comes to what the series will actually be about. Set to premiere on July 25, the streaming service’s drama-thriller series is being spearheaded by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason; and combines a number of the author’s works into a “shared universe” narrative.
Focusing on death row attorney Henry Deaver’s (Andre Holland) return to his hometown to investigate a mystery that will force him – and others – to face the town’s horrific past, Hulu’s newest teaser trailer presents us with images of a body under a sheet, something in a cage, Sissy Spacek‘s Ruth Deaver terrified in her own home, and a town that’s really interested Henry’s every move. By the end of it, we have a deeper, more disturbing understanding of Dale Lacy’s (Terry O’Quinn) final words in the teaser: “There’s blood in every backyard, inside every house. People say it wasn’t me; it was this place. And the thing is, they’re right.”
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.
From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgård (IT), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Chosen Jacobs (It).