Battle For The Soul Of Humanity Is Nigh

It’s a good time to be Stephen King, the author has a ton of projects on, or coming to the screen at the moment.

CBS isn’t messing around with their 10-part adaptation of The Stand, King’s post-apocalyptic fantasy about a plague that wipes nearly everyone in the United States, and his longest book to date.

Alexander Skarsgård, who recently won an Emmy for his role on Big Little Lies, will be playing Randall Flagg.

A presence throughout several of King’s books, Flagg is an immutable force of evil who may or may not be immortal, or reincarnated, or more of a concept than a man, or something. He’s one of the more important roles in the story to get right, so here’s hoping Skarsgard does the business.

Whoopi Goldberg will be playing the elderly, ethereal Mother Abigail, a symbol of pureness and good.

Who Else Is In It?

  • James Marsden is Stu Redman, the role played by Gary “Lieutenant Dan” Sinise when ABC adapted the book back in the 90s.
  • Amber Heard is Nadine Cross, a private school teacher battling dark temptations.
  • Odessa Young will play Frannie Goldsmith, a cheery, pregnant 22-year-old student.
  • Henry Zaga is Nick Andros, a deaf-mute who marshals together survivors and brings them to meet Mother Abagail, a saintly figure who gathers together the “good” survivors of the plague and helps them set up a new community in Boulder, Colorado. Naturally, the “bad” survivors gather in Las Vegas, led by the demonic Flagg.

CBS cast several new additions, including:

  • Jovan Adepo is Larry Underwood, a young musician with some immaturity issues.
  • Owen Teague is Harold Lauder, an intelligent, proactive survivor who becomes unhealthily fixated on Frannie Goldsmith.
  • Brad William Henke, a developmentally disabled man who accompanies Nick Andros on his journey.
  • Daniel Sunjata is Cobb, a military man in charge of supervising Stu Redman while the government is still trying to find a clue to the plague.

Stephen King is involved in this project directly, writing an epilogue not found in the original book. The Stand is due out in 2020.