Stephen King’s The Stand Gets A TV Adaptation With Alexander Skarsgard And Whoopi Goldberg

15 September 2019
Stephen King, Alexander Skarsgard, Whoopi Goldberg, The Stand
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The author’s epic tome is being adapted for the TV screen and already boasts an impressive cast

In the world of fiction, few authors have come to be as revered as Stephen King. With a highly impressive catalogue of novels under his belt, King can also lay claim to being the golden ticket for Hollywood blockbusters, with recent adaptations of IT: Chapter 2, Doctor Sleep and Pet Sematary all proving to draw crowds.

With the entertainment industry gravitating towards the author, there are no signs that King’s run is slowing down. The author will now see his novel The Stand adapted to TV screens as CBS enlists the help of Alexander Skarsgard and Whoopi Goldberg to bring the post-apocalyptic horror story to life.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming series, which already looks set to be a huge success given its recruitment of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

What is the plot?

Avid readers of Stephen King will instantly recognise the name of his epic tome. The Stand, a 10-part series tells the story of how almost all of the world’s population dies from a weaponised plague nicknamed Captain Trips. Survivors find themselves on either side of a battle between forces of good and evil, represented by Mother Abigail and Randall Flagg respectively. Flagg encourages violence and destruction, due to his presence society breaks down.

The series has been adapted and written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, with CBS Television Studios serving as producer. As Deadline reports, Stephen King will write the last chapter of the series, providing a new coda that isn’t found in the book.

Which actors have been cast?

As Collider reports, Alexander Skarsgard will play the looming presence of bad in the series through the character Randall Flagg, who carries through many of King’s works with no empathy or consideration of conscience.

Joining Skarsgard will be Whoopi Goldberg who confirmed on The View that she would be playing Mother Abigail, the hopeful woman that survivors of the plague in the series start seeing in their dreams, drawing them to her in an attempt to stand up to and defeat Flagg. Mother Abigail is a prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superflu.

Goldberg then went on to confirm the other actors joining the cast, which already includes notable Hollywood heavyweights James Marsden and Amber Heard. Overlord star Jovan Adepo will play Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame as well as illegal substances. When the plague hits, Underwood is forced to confront his demons as he makes his way to the new world. It’s Owen Teague is Harold Lauder, who goes in search of others with fellow survivor Frannie Goldsmith. Lost’s Brad William Henke will play Tom Cullen and Daniel Sunjata of The Dark Knight Rises will play Cobb.

When will The Stand be released?

The Stand is expected to debut on CBS All Access in the US in 2020.

Via GQ Australia