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Kyliegh Curran Talks 1st Starring Film Role in ‘Doctor Sleep’ – WATCH

*13-year-old Kyliegh Curran, known for her Broadway performance as “Young Nala” in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ steps into her first film starring role in the new Warner Bros. film “Doctor Sleep.”

The film is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 follow-up to his hit book turned film, The Shining. The film stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars episodes I, II and III) as recovering alcoholic Dan Torrance. Still traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook 30 years ago, his desire to run away from his issues is shattered when he meets Abra – portrayed by Curran – a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.”

The two develop a unique friendship, communicating through thoughts and written messages that appear on the wall of Dan’s home. They form an unlikely alliance to rally for a life and death battle against the ruthless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson -The Mission Impossible franchise) and the True Knot. A cult whose members feed off the shine of innocents- including children – to become immortal.

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Jill Munroe intvs Kyliegh Curran - Doctor Sleep
Jill Munroe interviews Kyliegh Curran

Kyliegh sat down with EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe to discuss her creepy role in the film and her thoughts on the original film.

On playing a dark character in her first film.

“It’s my first big film, so I was super excited. It was so much fun. I love playing with negativity and a bright character. Abra has so much suppressed anger and I loved playing around with that.”  

The film was written and directed by Mike Flanagan who is a self-professed fanatic of King’s work. He says the contradictions between The Shining and Doctor Sleep are similar to addiction and recovery. Flanagan is also the showrunner of the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” and directed the hit horror flicks “Ouija: Origin of Evil” and “Oculus.”

“Doctor Sleep” is out November 8.

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