Lizzy Caplan’s arrival as Annie Wilkes appears to be bad news for the residents of Castle Rock. Hulu released the first teaser for the second season of the Stephen King-inspired series, featuring Caplan as King’s famous nurse from hell.
Watch the trailer in the video above.
The second season stars Caplan as a younger version of Annie Wilkes, who was played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film “Misery,” which featured Bates as a former nurse and crazed fan of James Caan’s novelist, Paul Sheldon. In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Wilkes gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
Stephen King alum Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) will also star with Elsie Fisher, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Matthew Alan. Robbins will play Reginald “Pop” Merrill, who was featured in King’s 1990 novella “The Sun Dog.” The patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family. John “Ace” Merrill is taking over his uncle’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot.
Paul Sparks will play Ace, another legendary King character, who was portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland in “Stand By Me.”
“Castle Rock” is the re-imagining of the entire King canon into one universe and touches on some of his most iconic stories and characters. The series takes place in the fictional Maine town, which has been the setting for numerous King works including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body” (the novella that “Stand By Me” was based on).
“Castle Rock” returns for Season 2 on Hulu Oct. 23.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...