‘Castle Rock': Paul Sparks to Replace Garrett Hedlund as ‘Ace’ Merrill in Season 2

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Hulu has recast the role of “AceMerrill in the upcoming second season of “Castle Rock.” Paul Sparks will now play the character instead of Garrett Hedlund, a spokesperson for Hulu confirmed.

John “Ace” Merrill is the legendary King bully played by Kiefer Sutherland in “Stand By Me.”

Castle Rock” is the re-imagining of the entire King canon into one universe and touches on some of his most iconic stories and characters. The fictional Maine town sits at the center of the King universe, appearing in numerous books including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body” (the novella that “Stand By Me” was based on).

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