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‘Castle Rock’ will be ‘Misery’ prequel

Lizzy Caplan (shown in “Masters of Sex”) will star in “Castle Rock.”
Lizzy Caplan (shown in “Masters of Sex”) will star in “Castle Rock.”Michael Desmond/Showtime via AP/Showtime via AP

The second season of Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” an anthology series based on Stephen King’s fictional world, is going to be miserable. By which I mean, the 10-episode season is going to be built around Annie Wilkes, the obsessed lady played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 movie “Misery.” Bates won an Oscar for her portrayal.

The story will be a prequel to the movie, so we’ll get to see how Annie turned into an ankle-busting superfan, in the same way we saw Norman Bates evolve into a Mommy-crazed murderer in “Bates Motel.” Lizzy Caplan, from “Masters of Sex,” will play the young Annie.


The cast will also include Elsie Fisher, who was excellent in “Eighth Grade,” as Annie’s daughter, Joy. Annie is homeschooling Joy, and Joy is beginning to wonder about her mother’s sanity. Tim Robbins, who was in the King adaptation “The Shawshank Redemption,” will also be onhand as Reginald “Pop” Merrill, the crime family patriarch, and Garrett Hedlund will play his bullying nephew, Ace. Keifer Sutherland played Ace, too, back in the King adaptation “Stand by Me.”

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