Two more Marvel actors join Tom Hiddleston in Mike Flanagan's next Stephen King adaptation

Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager
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The Life of Chuck, the next Stephen King adaptation from Mike Flanagan, has added three new cast members, Deadline reports.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Karen Gillan, and Jacob Tremblay have boarded Flanagan's next movie, his first film since 2019's Doctor Sleep. They join previously announced cast members Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill. 

Based on one of King's short stories, published for the first time in 2020 as part of the If It Bleeds collection, The Life of Chuck is less horror than we've come to expect from King and more drama. The film will tell three stories from the life of Charles 'Chuck' Krantz (played by Hiddleston), starting with his death and ending with his childhood in a supposedly haunted house (well, it wouldn't be a Flanagan joint without one, would it…). Ejiofor, Gillan, and Tremblay's roles are still under wraps.

The movie is currently filming as it has an interim agreement with SAG-AFTRA, the actors' union, which allows independent productions with ties to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to continue filming. 

While Hiddleston returns as the titular trickster in Loki season 2, airing now, Ejiofor and Gillan also have roles in the MCU. Ejiofor played Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Gillan is Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Tremblay doesn't have a Marvel claim to fame, but he is about to star in another superhero movie: The Toxic Avenger, opposite Peter Dinklage

As for Flanagan, his latest project (and his last for Netflix) was The Fall of the House of Usher, a modern-day take on the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. 

The Life of Chuck doesn't have a release date yet. While we wait, take a look at our guide to Mike Flanagan's Netflix horror shows, ranked

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