Randall Flagg is the harbinger of doom. He’s a man, a monster, a myth, a wizard and so much more. He wanders worlds, time and dimensions and brings pain and death wherever he goes. And he is a very cool character… even dressed in head-to-toe denim. Honestly.
Matthew McConaughey has made some comeback after his homogenous foray into the realm of romantic comedies with an Oscar winning performance for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, and also his potentially Emmy award winning role on HBO’s True Detective. It was only inevitable that he was going to be far more in demand, especially with his upcoming lead role in Chrisopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi Juggernaut Interstellar.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros want him to play the part of Randall Flagg in a feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which will be directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars).
Flagg – who has been a recurring character in King’s body of work (often appearing in different guises) – first appeared in King’s 1978 novel The Stand. Flagg then appeared in the much adored The Dark Tower series. He played the main antagonist and has since moved to the world of Marvel with their adaptations of King’s work in recent years. It is no secret that The Dark Tower has been in a state of pre-production hell throughout the years with Ron Howard even attached to direct at one point – wouldn’t it be cool if they managed to get McConaughey on board both movies?
Deadline also reported that McConaughey might be set to star in Oscar-winning Traffic writer – and Syriana writer/director – Stephen Gaghan’s latest movie Gold for Black Bear Pictures. Paul Haggis (Crash) was originally pegged to direct the movie, but remains attached to the film as an executive producer. The movie has been scribed by Patrick Massett and John Zinman and is based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal where large amounts of gold were found in the Indonesian jungle.
Both roles sound like they could be fantastic for McConaughey, and in particular, the role of Randall Flagg. He has the acting chops and the physique and would no doubt pull off a stellar performance.