Fans of Stephen King's body of horror works are having a pretty exciting year in 2017. Adaptations of some of his most legendary stories have made it to screen, ranging from The Dark Tower and It on the big screen to The Mist and Mr. Mercedes on the small screen. Another series is in the works at Hulu that will incorporate a number of Stephen King scary stories, and we now know that a Marvel star has joined the cast. Scott Glenn of Daredevil will play Sheriff Alan Pangborn in the upcoming Castle Rock on Hulu.
Alan Pangborn will be a regular character on the series, so viewers will see plenty of Scott Glenn in Castle Rock. Pangborn is a big name in Stephen King's horror universe, and fans will undoubtedly be excited by his inclusion. That said, we can't say at this point just how closely the Castle Rock Pangborn will resemble the character from books like Needful Things and The Dark Half. The Castle Rock version of Alan Pangborn will be a former sheriff who retired after many difficult years on the job, making him an expert in some of the most twisted events in the town's dark past. Glenn will be the third actor to tackle the role, after Ed Harris portrayed Pangborn in Needful Things and Michael Rooker played him in The Dark Half, both in 1993.
Scott Glenn joins a cast already comprised of Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, and Stephen King alums Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Bill Skarsgard (who will soon appear as Pennywise in It). Glenn has appeared in several big movies over the years, including Silence of the Lambs and The Bourne Ultimatum, but he may be best known nowadays for his work as Stick in the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He'll reprise the role of Stick in the upcoming Defenders series, so he'll be back on television sooner than when Castle Rock eventually debuts.
The show is named after the town of Castle Rock that is the setting of a number of Stephen King's most famous works. Castle Rock is one of three fictional towns (along with Derry and 'Salem's Lot) in Maine that appear throughout King's body of work; it's only fitting that an anthology series based on Stephen King's universe will be based out of Castle Rock. Hulu hasn't yet announced which of King's works will be covered in Castle Rock, but a teaser indicates that we could be getting characters from iconic works like The Shining and even It.
Stephen King himself doesn't have any plans to write for Castle Rock, but he has revealed that he's in contact with executive producer J.J. Abrams, and they've discussed how the show is going to work. In fact, he went so far as to tease that at least one of his stories with a Castle Rock background will be part of the series. All things considered, I'd say Castle Rock is shaping up to be pretty amazing.