Stephen King’s The Stand was first adapted as an ABC mini-series in the 1990s. Now CBS ALL ACCESS will be adapting the epic story and they have found their series main antagonist.
Collider is reporting exclusively that Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies, True Blood) is set to play the living, breathing personification of all things dark and evil, Randall Flagg. The news comes on the same day that King and Whoopi Goldberg took to The View to announce that talk show host and Academy Award-winner will join Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, and Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) on the series, which also includes previously-announced cast members James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, and Henry Zaga.
If the name Skarsgard sounds familiar it might be because of his little brother, Bill Skarsgard, who just portrayed the inter-dimensional murderous clown, Pennywise, on the big-screen adaptation of “IT.”
As for King, the author is set to write the last chapter of the series – providing a new aspect to the ending not found in the book. The new adaptation stems from director Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars), SEAL Team creator-executive producer Ben Cavell, and CBS Televisions Studios. Boone and Cavell are writing the adaptation, with Boone set to direct.
Here’s a look at the full cast for CBS All Access’ adaptation of The Stand:
● Marsden’s Stu Redman is an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.
● Heard’s Nadine Cross is a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
● Young’s Frannie Goldsmith is a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.
● Zaga’s Nick Andros is a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.
● Goldberg’s Mother Abagail is a prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superflu.
● Adepo’s Larry Underwood is a young musician with a taste for fame, as well as illegal substances. When the plague hits, he is forced to confront his demons as he makes his way to the new world.
● Teague’s Harold Lauder goes in search of others with fellow survivor Frannie Goldsmith. While his intentions are good, jealousy and his infatuation with Frannie threaten to lead him down a dark path.
● Henke’s Tom Cullen is Nick Andros’ traveling companion who is developmentally disabled due to a terrible fall as a child. A sweet soul, he will be instrumental in their fight for survival.
● Sunjata’s Cobb is a member of the military tasked with supervising Stu Redman as the government searches for a cure during the outbreak of the superflu.
The novel was previously adapted for television as a March 1994 four-part miniseries for ABC, with King writing the teleplay and making a guest appearance and Garris directing. The adaptation would go on to earn six Emmy nominations, winning two: sound mixing and makeup. ABC’s miniseries adaptation starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Jamey Sheridan, and the late Miguel Ferrer.