Yusra Warsama and Barkhad Abdi join the cast of Hulu’s anthology Castle Rock season 2.
The new season is inspired by Kathy Bates’ infamous role as Annie Wilkes in Misery. For Castle Rock season 2, the actors will center on a feud between warring clans. The fued will come to head when psychopath Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
Warsama will star as Dr. Nadia Omar. She’s described as a Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot whose rational and scientific mind will be put to the test. Abdi is cast as Nadia’s tough older brother Abdi Omar. He leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.
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Garrett Hedlund is also among the seven cast for the Hulu anthology from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.
Hulu’s Castle Rock is getting the Misery treatment in season two.
The anthology, from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, will put a new spin on Kathy Bates’ famed nurse Annie Wilkes, with Lizzy Caplan set to take on the leading role in the sophomore season.
Season two will explore a feud between warring clans that comes to a boil when budding psychopath Wilkes, King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
Joining Caplan — one of pilot season’s most in-demand actresses — are Tim Robbins (Here and Now), Eighth Grade breakout Elsie Fisher, Garrett Hedlund (Tron, Mosaic), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, Blade Runner 2049), Yusra Warsama (Call the Midwife) and Matthew Alan (Lovecraft Country, 13 Reasons Why).
Robbins will play Reginald “Pop” Merrill, the famed patriarch of King’s iconic crime family who is dying of cancer and is at a reckoning with his family. Hedlund will play John “Ace” Merrill, the town of Castle Rock’s legendary bully who is taking over his uncle Po’s business and is threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot. Alan will portray Chris Merrill, Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother, who struggles to keep peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.
Warsama will play Dr. Nadia Omar, the Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot whose rational and scientific mind will be put to the test. Abdi will play Abdi Omar, Nadia’s tough older brother, who leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.
Fisher will play Joy, Annie’s home-schooled teenage daughter who is starting to have questions about her mother’s sanity. Caplan takes on Bates’ iconic 1990 Misery role of Annie, a nurse and superfan battling to overcome mental health issues.
Robbins’ “Pop” Merrill was featured in King’s novella The Sun Dog, published in his 1990 collection Four Past Midnight. That story was set in the town of Castle Rock, where the Hulu anthology takes place. “Ace” Merrill (played by Hedlund) was featured in King’s 1991 horror novel Needful Things, and perhaps most famously by Kiefer Sutherland in 1986’s Stand by Me (which moved Castle Rock to Oregon).
It’s unclear if any of the Castle Rock season one castmembers could return for the second season, which will feature a new storyline as showrunners Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw plan to tell a new and complete story every cycle. Season one starred Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgard, Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek.
A premiere date for season two of Castle Rock has not yet been determined.