Today on The View, Whoopi Goldberg confirmed her involvement in Josh Boone’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand for CBS All Access, where she will play Mother Abagail, a beacon of light in a country that has been decimated by the superflu nicknamed Captain Trips.
Collider also reported today that Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård will take on the role of Randall Flagg, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc on the survivors of Captain Trips. Also set to star alongside Goldberg and Skarsgard are Jovan Adepo (Fences, When They See Us) as musician Larry Underwood, Owen Teague (IT Chapter One) as Fran’s (Odessa Young) jealous traveling companion Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke (Orange is the New Black) as the sweet Tom Cullen, and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland, Rescue Me) as Cobb, a character who is being described as a military man who is tasked with supervising Stu Redman (to be played by James Marsden).
They will be joining Marsden, Young, Henry Zaga, and Amber Heard, whose casting has already been confirmed by CBS All Access.
Boone will direct the series, as well as write and produce alongside Ben Cavell. Jill Killington, Knate Lee, and Owen King will also produce.
As previously reported, King has also written a continuation of The Stand for the adaptation, that will give us more of Stu and Fran’s story after the events of the novel. Filming for the ten episode series is set to begin this month.
What do you guys think of the casting? And is anyone else incredibly curious to see who Marilyn Manson is going to play?