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‘The Stand’ TV Series Casts Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, And More!

Get hype, Stephen King fans! The Stand, an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel, has added more cast members to the epic post-apocalyptic series. Exclusive to CBS All Access, it was announced via Deadline that Whoopi Goldberg, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, and Daniel Junjata. And most exciting of all, Alexander Skarsgard will play Randall Flagg.

 

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Written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, the book tells of a plague ravaging mankind and leaving behind the remnants of humanity. A long novel, the epic details the struggle for the survival of humanity between the frail but wise Mother Abigail and  the evil, satanic Randall Flagg. The book has dozens of character viewpoints but it all comes down to a confrontation between the two opposing forces, with Mother Abigail receiving messages from God to aid her followers.

Whoopi Goldberg has been announced to play Mother Abigail. Adepo will play Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame and Henke will play Tom Cullen, a mentally challenged man with a sweet soul.

The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will write and executive produce, with Boone also directing. Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske serving as co-executive producer. Knate Lee, Jill Killington and Owen King will serve as producers.

Most exciting of all, Stephen King will write the last chapter of the series, providing a new coda that isn’t found in the book!

 

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This is an exciting development, showcasing a star studded cast to portray the many, multi-dimensional characters. We’re excited to see them brought to life, especially Randall Flagg, thought of as King’s ‘ubervillain’. The series will also have a hand from Stephen King himself, who will write the final episode of the series and provide a ‘coda’ that wasn’t there in the original novel.

We can’t wait to see King’s masterpiece coming to the small screen!

 

 

 

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The King Remake Resurgence: McConaughey Coming Back to King?

You know him, you love him, it’s Matthew McConaughey. He made his infamous return to the silver screen during what is now known as the ‘McConaissance’, but there is a blip on his radar: the little known film The Dark Tower.

 

Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in 'The Dark Tower'

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I say little known film because, according to the Box Office Mojo, barely anyone saw this movie. Off a $60 million dollar budget, it made $113,231,078. Not a loss, not enough for the Studio to make a sequel. And those who did see the film, let’s say there’s a reason that on Rotten Tomatoes there’s a 16% with an average rating of 4.08 out of 10.

Many would think that Matthew McConaughey would stay as far away from Stephen King adaptations, but that hasn’t stopped people thinking he should be in The Stand, according to Gizmodo. Not in a small role, but as the villain, which is interesting considering he played the villain in The Dark Tower.

 

Matthew McConaughey in 'The Dark Tower'

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Well, as The Dark Tower gets a remake/we’re-going-to-stay-closer-to-the-source-material-this-time as apart of the ongoing saga of the King Remake Resurgence, the King Remake Resurgence might dig its claws into McConcaughey and bring him into the remake/let’s-try-again of The Stand.

 

Cover of 'The Stand'

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The Stand is about how after a patient escape from a biological testing facility, he unknowingly brought upon the world a mutated strain of super-flu that starts to wipe out 99% of the world’s population.

With the fate of humanity at stake Mother Abigail—a benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community—and Randall Flagg—the nefarious ‘Dark Man’ who delights in chaos and violence—rise up to lead humanity, forcing the survivors to choose between them.

 

 

The Stand went on to get a nomination for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979. Come 2003, the novel was listed at number fifty-three on the BBC’s The Big Read poll. It was made in a 1994 TV miniseries.

Now the TV miniseries  is strange, to say the least, but Deadline has reported that CBS Studios/CBS All Access has ordered a limited series adaptation of the gigantically long horror novel (1,152 PAGES!) and that James Marsden is “circling the role of Stu Redman”.

 

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Now, not even a day latter, we’re getting more casting news. Will Matthew McConcaughey make a good Randall Flagg? Well, he wasn’t terrible in The Dark Tower, he was actually pretty great in an over-the-top sort of way, but we’ll see.

 

 

Luckily, Matthew McConcaughey isn’t the only one in talks. In a Gizmodo article found here, there are even more people in talks! Let’s go through them all…

 

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg—Celie in The Color Purple, Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, and Shenzi the hyena in in The Lion King—is in talks to play Mother Abagail, spiritual leader of the good survivors.

 

Greg Kinnear

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Greg Kinnear—Maj. Bruce “Snake” Crandall in We Were Soldiers, Richard Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine, Todd Burpo in Heaven is for Real—is in talks to play Glen Bateman, a professor who joins up with Stu on his journey.

 

Odessa Young

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Odessa Young—Hedvig Finch in The Daughter, Grace in Looking for Grace, and Lily in Assassination Nation—is “in advanced negotiations to play Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant woman who falls in love with Stu”.

 

Henry Zaga

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Henry Zaga—Brad in 13 Reasons Why and is set to appear as play Jake in Looking for Alaska and Roberto de Costa in The New Mutants—is “set to play Nick Andros” who in the novel is a young drifter.

 

Amber Heard

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Last, but never least, is Amber Heard, who recently stared as Mera in Aquaman. Reportedly, she “is on track to play Nadine Cross, a private school teacher who ends up embroiled with the (possible Antichrist) Randall Flagg”.

 

 

That’ll be interesting! In fact, all these actors would be interesting. Will they make it to the small screen? Who would you most like to see play these characters?

 

 

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