Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill to lead new Stephen King adaptation

The Essex Serpent
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Mike Flanagan has tapped a stellar cast for his new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Life of Chuck. Mark Hamill and Tom Hiddleston have reportedly been cast as the leads of the new project based on the chilling short story.

The Haunting of Hill House creator Flanagan is expected to be directing, writing, and producing the new movie, per Deadline. The story comes from King’s collection of short stories If It Bleeds from 2020 and tells the life of Charles Krantz in reverse, from death to growing up in a haunted house. Hiddleston is expected to play Chuck with Hamill starring as Albie. 

Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in several Star Wars movies (and The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett) but also has some serious horror credentials too. As a prolific voice actor, he’s often been the voice of Chucky and the Joker across several animated projects. 

Hiddleston is well known for playing Loki in the MCU, across several Thor movies, Avengers, and his own Disney Plus series Loki. Aside from this, he’s starred in Crimson Peak, The Essex Serpent, The Night Manager, and Kong: Skull Island.

This isn’t the only King adaptation on the way either with The Boogeyman out soon, and the It prequel Welcome to Derry currently in production.

For more scares, you can check out all of the upcoming horror movies on the way as well as our breakdown of the best horror movies of all time. If you're after more King, we've also ranked all the best Stephen King movies too.

Fay Watson
Deputy Entertainment Editor

I’m the Deputy Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, covering TV and film for the Total Film and SFX sections online. I previously worked as a Senior Showbiz Reporter and SEO TV reporter at Express Online for three years. I've also written for The Resident magazines and Amateur Photographer, before specializing in entertainment.