Shelley Duvall returns: ‘The Shining’ scream queen books first acting gig in 20 years
From ‘True Grit’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ to ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, Duvall has been in a long line of famous actors. The 60-year-old has made a career out of being an eccentric, quirky leading woman, but the fact that she also happens to be best known for her portrayal of a young girl in a haunted house didn’t exactly make her a Hollywood darling. Duvall would have none of it, however, and she decided to play the part of Danny Torrance, a character she had written for herself, in a new film titled ‘The Shining’. She will be back at the helm for the sequel, ‘The Shining: Requiem’, which is set for production this year.
‘The Shining’: Shelley Duvall speaks to Collider about working with Stanley Kubrick and being ‘true to the character’
Not only will Duvall star in the sequel, but she will also be directing it and will also become the first woman to play Danny Torrance in a Stephen King adaptation. The film will be written by the writer and will star Duvall as her most famous character. It is also set to be released in February 2018.
‘This movie is much bigger than the last one, and much, much darker. I’m excited. Working with him again is like going back to a family I hadn’t seen in years,’ Duvall explained in Variety.
Duvall played Danny Torrance in King’s ‘The Shining’ (Getty)
“She can play the part so well. But in the script, I’ve changed some of the things that I did. I don’t want to give away too much. It’s really funny. She’s a very funny person and I love her. I love her in real life.”
Speaking about writing the screenplay with Kubrick, who also starred in the original film, Duvall said: “I was amazed he wanted to be involved. I didn’t think he’d have any interest in the part. I thought he’d want to direct it and I’