- Mike Flanagan’s upcoming Stephen King adaptation is an exciting prospect, especially after his previous work on The Fall of the House of Usher and Doctor Sleep.
- Tom Hiddleston, known for his role as Loki in the MCU, is well-suited to star in it, and Loki season 2 has prepared him for the role.
- The movie will allow Hiddleston to showcase his range and adapt his performance across different points in his character’s life.
Mike Flanagan’s upcoming The Life of Chuck movie is an exciting prospect after The Fall of the House of Usher, and Tom Hiddleston is well-suited to star in the Stephen King adaptation, especially after the events of Loki season 2. Flanagan is no stranger to adapting horror stories. In fact, he’s brought King’s work to the screen before with 2019’s Doctor Sleep. Flanagan has also made multiple TV shows for Netflix since 2018, each of them masterfully weaving together tales of the supernatural.
Although Hiddleston spends more time playing the God of Mischief in the MCU these days, he’s also dabbled in the horror genre, with his role in 2015’s Crimson Peak proving he’s got what it takes to lead a King movie. Admittedly, The Life of Chuck is lighter on horror than many of King’s other stories. But the tale told throughout the upcoming Flanagan movie is perfect for Hiddleston, especially on the heels of Loki season 2.
How The Life Of Chuck’s Narrative Upends Linear Time
A novella from King’s If It Bleeds collection, The Life of Chuck plays with the concept of time, telling the life story of a man with a brain tumor by going through the course of his life backwards. The King novella begins when Charles “Chuck” Krantz is middle-aged and dying, then takes readers through his earlier years. Of course, Chuck’s brain tumor messes with his perception of reality, so The Life of Chuck doesn’t just upend linear time. It also makes it difficult to tell what’s real and what isn’t, making for a twisty and sometimes confusing ride.
Hiddleston will play the titular role in Flanagan’s iteration of The Life of Chuck, giving the actor the chance to showcase his range. Given his work on Loki season 2, it seems like Hiddleston will fall into this role naturally. After all, the two projects have one major thing in common.
Why Loki Season 2 Is The Perfect Tom Hiddleston Project Before Life Of Chuck
While Loki and The Life of Chuck are vastly different in terms of plot, both stories break away from a linear concept of time. With Loki season 2 diving headfirst into Marvel’s multiverse, Hiddleston’s Loki and his companions slip through time periods and even beyond time. This is preparing Hiddleston for his role in The Life of Chuck, getting him used to the jumping around and the complexity that comes with it.
Capturing Chuck at various points in his life will also require Hiddleston to tweak his performance from one iteration of his character to the next. This is something he’s had to do numerous times as Loki’s changed in the MCU. Needless to say, Hiddleston’s Marvel role has set him up for The Life of Chuck in ways he may not even realize.
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