Stephen King is making a personal appeal to Iowans: Vote Steve King out so people won’t confuse the two of them anymore. The best-selling author tweeted Sunday morning about his exhaustion at being confused with Iowa’s controversial 4th District Republican congressman.
A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll of the district shows that on a generic ballot a Republican candidate leads a Democratic candidate by 4 percentage points. With the exception of a 2012 race against former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack, King has won each of his other races by at least 22 percentage points.
On Tuesday, Deadline reported that actors French-Canadian actor and director Xavier Dolan and Taylor Frey have been cast in the roles of gay Derry residents Adrian Mellon and Don Haggerty. Both the characters were left out of the 1990 mini-series.
In the book, Don and Adrian are supporting characters who experience homophobia and hate crimes in thier own respectively tragic storylines, which set off the events of the second part of It and this is what brings the Losers Club back to Derry.
Adrian grows fond of the town of Derry despite it’s violent homophobic attitude and only agrees to leave because of Don. Before leaving, the two attend the town fair and on the way home, they are attacked by 3 homophobic teens, Webby Garton, Steven Bishoff Dubay and Chris Unwin. After the teens throw Adrian over a bridge, they continue beating up Don, Officer Andrew Redemacher arrives to stop the fight. Pennywise meanwhile drags Adrian out of the water, bites into his armpit and cracks his ribs. Though Don and Chris witness this, nobody mentions Pennywise at the trial.
After Adrian’s body was found, he was buried in the Derry Cemetery.
Andy Muschietti returns to direct the sequel, which features the adult version of Losers’ Club members who survived the malevolent Pennywise, which Bill Skarsgard will once again portray. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike.
Production on the sequel, It: Chapter Two, is currently underway.
On Tuesday, Stephen King quietly announced the impending release of a new novella called Elevation on his blog.
In Elevation, King takes us back to Castle Rock, Maine but there will be no killer clowns, rabid dogs, or mass murderers. This time King takes on a much more dangerous and serious subject. Homophobia and bigotry.
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.
In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face – including his own — he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.
King has only written a few a few gay characters before. Adrian Mellon, Dan Haggerty, and perhaps Patrick Hockstetter in “IT” and that of Tom McCourt in “The Cell” (the only one to survive.) So it will be interesting to see how King handles the lesbian couple in the upcoming book since they are an integral part of the sorry
King himself doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and will continue to be well-represented on TV and at the movies, with Hulu’s Castle Rock, the sequel to It, a Pet Sematary remake, a second season of Mr. Mercedes and an adaptation of Doctor Sleep all on the way. And now you can add Elevation to the King goodness coming your way this year.