Bill Nighy heads to Shadowland June 9, 2010 Bill Nighy for Shadowland adaptation. Bill Nighy has signed to star in the horror/fantasy film Shadowland. The upcoming 3D feature is based on the 1980 book by Peter Straub. It follows a young college student who discovers a world of magic and fantasy after meeting a charismatic older man. The student must later decide whether to join the “forces of evil” or to save his best friend’s life. Billed as a cross between The Illusionist and The Shining, the film will be directed by Erik Canuel.