" stars Bill Skarsgärd
, Jane Levy
, and Melanie Lynskey
have shared clues about their character's connections to the Stephen King
Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock — the setting of several King stories — the drama debuted on Hulu on July 25 and featured several references to the horror author's novels.Skarsgärd
, who played Pennywise the cown in last year's blockbuster horror 'It
,' is introduced as a mysterious inmate of Shawshank Prison.
Speaking to IMDb, the actor said: "The show starts with my character being found in this old old tank, in a cage, at a closed off section of the Shawshank penitentiary.
"The character is an original character. Big Stephen King fans might see parallels to some works of Stephen King's."
The prison is, of course, a direct reference to the penitentiary featured in IMDb fan favorite 'The Shawshank Redemption
.' What has yet to be revealed is whether casting 'It
' star Skarsgärd
is mere coincidence or a link back to the demonic clown that has haunted the fictional town in Maine for centuries.
Psychic abilities also feature in the drama — a power displayed in King's "Carrie." Melanie Lynskey
, who plays Molly Strand, said: "Molly is a heroine in the great tradition of Stephen King
women. She has a very complicated, dark past that she's simultaneously trying to deal with and run from. There's also some kind of psychic ability that she has."
In addition, Jane Levy
said of her character: "My character, Jackie, is the town taxi driver. She's also the self-proclaimed historian. She is very into gory details and the legends that she's grown up hearing about."
" series creator Sam Shaw
added: "We tried to imagine this town as an Advent calendar of horror where every window or door you open is a window onto somebody's worst day."Watch the full interview here