Melanie Lynskey Takes Female Lead in Hulu’s Castle Rock

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Melanie Lynskey Takes Female Lead in Hulu's Castle Rock

Melanie Lynskey takes female lead in Hulu’s Castle Rock

Hulu (via TVLine) has announced the female lead of its upcoming Castle Rock series will be New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness, Two and a Half Men, Heavenly Creatures), who previously appeared in the three-part Stephen King mini-series Rose Red.

Lynskey will portray a woman named Molly Strand, who suffers from a rare medical condition and is having a hard time as a real estate agent in a town where many of the properties play host to horrifying nightmares. Jane Levy, Andre Holland and Sissy Spacek are also set to star in the Stephen King anthology series.

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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 Shawshank Redemption” are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. As a series, Castle Rock aims to explores various themes and worlds, uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

The Castle Rock series reunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on 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.

Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by Stephen King. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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