Collider is reporting that several actors are in negotiations for the upcoming CBS All Access adaption of Stephen King’s epic novel, The Stand.
With an adaptation languishing in development for years now, news finally broke in January of this year that the novel would become a 10 episode limited series directed by King super-fan Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars). CBS All Access announced a 2020 premiere date, and it seems like the series is finally moving into pre-production with the casting rumors.
Collider claims that multiple agencies have informed them that James Marsden (Westworld) is in negotiations to play Texan Stu Redman, the first known man immune to the superflu that eventually decimates 99% of the world’s population.
Also in negotiations is Amber Heard for the role of Nadine Cross, a virginal schoolteacher destined to become Randall Flagg’s bride. Heard recently starred in the DC blockbuster, Aquaman.
Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) is in talks to play the role of Fran Goldsmith, a college student who discovers she’s pregnant just as Captain Trips is unleashed. Greg Kinnear will allegedly tackle the role of Glen Bateman, a cynical professor who becomes one of the leaders of the Free Zone. Relatively unknown actor Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why, The New Mutants) is in talks to play Nick Andros and Whoopi Goldberg is rumored to be playing the 108 year old Mother Abagail, the spiritual leader who brings many of the survivors to Boulder, Colorado.
CBS All Access has not commented on the casting rumors as of yet.
As a King fan, I’m excited to finally be getting some more news regarding the adaptation. Given the ups and downs of getting a new version of The Stand made, I’ve not been holding my breath as to whether or not this would actually happen. But with casting underway, it feels like this is really going to happen.
I really like the casting of Marsden as Stu and I am all for casting some low profile actors for some key roles in the series.
What do you guys think of the casting so far?