‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 to premiere in October

  • Cast and crew members for the Hulu television series “Castle Rock” filmed scenes for its second season on South Main Street and throughout downtown Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Cast and crew members for the Hulu television series “Castle Rock” filmed scenes for its second season downtown in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Cast and crew members for the Hulu television series “Castle Rock” filmed scenes for its second season on South Main Street and throughout downtown Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/3/2019 10:52:55 PM

ORANGE — Get ready to harvest something spooky this fall, and just in time for Halloween.

Hulu has announced the 10-episode second season of its original horror-suspense series, “Castle Rock,” will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 23.

“Castle Rock” is an anthology series — each season has its own plot, beginning to end — from the subscription on-demand video service Hulu.

Although it’s an original series from showmakers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, it takes place in the fictional world of horror novelist Stephen King, with the eponymous, fictional Maine town Castle Rock — featured in King novels like “Cujo” and “The Dark Half” — the main setting in the series. Characters and places from the King mythos are featured throughout the series, and King, as well as J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens”), is an executive producer.

Orange is the series’ Castle Rock, with the first season having been filmed in town in 2017 and 2018. For the last several months, crews have returned to Orange sporadically to film the series’ second season, primarily filming in downtown areas — including the Millers River bridge on South Main Street and the First Universalist Church on North Main Street. Streets and storefronts were made over with props, like signs for the fictional “Castle Rock Police Department” or newspaper, “The Castle Rock Call — Community news since 1936.”

If Season 1 is anything to go by, residents should be able to recognize much of their town while watching Season 2.

While Hulu has remained generally tight-lipped concerning plot details for the series, a Hulu spokesperson revealed some details to the Greenfield Recorder in March. Season 2 will be connected to King’s novel “Misery,” which is about Annie Wilkes, a deranged “nurse and superfan” who imprisons and tortures her favorite author. Annie Wilkes was played by Kathy Bates in a 1990 movie adaptation of the novel, and Bates won an Oscar for her performance.

Season 2 will feature a younger Annie Wilkes prior to the events of “Misery,” with the character being played by Lizzy Caplan (“Mean Girls,” “The Interview,” “Masters of Sex”). According to Hulu, in Season 2, “A feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.”

Tim Robbins — another veteran of King-based films, having played main character Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption” — will also appear in Season 2, portraying Reginald “Pop” Merrill.

Pop is a character from King’s book “The Sun King,” and, in “Castle Rock,” he is a terminally ill junk shop owner who is preparing to leave his business to his nephew, town bully John “Ace” Merrill, played by Garrett Hedlund (“Friday Night Lights,” “Troy,” “Tron: Legacy”).

While the series’ first season dealt mostly with events happening in Castle Rock, Season 2 will introduce another fictional town from King’s books, Jerusalem’s Lot, depicted in the novel “Salem’s Lot.” Orange is the series’ Castle Rock, and nearby Gardner was used for filming Jerusalem’s Lot scenes.

According to Hulu, a conflict develops between the two communities in Season 2, particularly between the Merrills and a Somali community.

Other actors in Season 2 include Yusra Warsama as Dr. Nadia Omar, a Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot; Barkhad Abdi as Abdi Omar, older brother of Nadia, who leads the charge to build a Somali community center; Elsie Fisher as Joy, Annie Wilkes’ daughter who begins to question her mother’s sanity; and Matthew Alan as Chris Merrill, Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother, who tries to keep the peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.

The “Castle Rock” production team has consistently praised Orange as a filming location, and even donated $13,500 to the town’s parks, cemeteries and Fire Department after filming Season 1.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.




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