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CBS All Access close to casting big names for their adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand

June 24th, 2019 by Marc Comments

It looks like CBS All Access’ adaptation of Stephen King’s timeless classic The Stand may be close to casting two of its biggest roles.

The series will chronicle the fall of civilisation to a deadly flu called Captain Trips which will lead to humanity falling into two sides – the side of good, led by Mother Abigail which amasses in Boulder, Colorado and the side of evil led my King supervillain Randall Flagg who leads his group with an iron fist in Las Vegas.

The series will be directed by The Fault in our Stars’ Josh Boone who previously tried to get it made as a two-part movie, who will also co-write it with Ben Cavell.

And now I’m hearing that Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Whoopi Goldberg may be in line to play Mother Abigail. The Oscar-winning actress would be a really solid choice for the gig.

Next up, Westworld and X-Men star James Marsden is rumoured for the role of Stuart ‘Stu’ Redman – one of the survivors immune to the deadly virus and a key-player for the side of good in the novel.

On to of this, Aquaman’s Amber Heard is attached to the role of school Teacher Nadine Cross and Greg Kinnear’s name is linked to the role of yet another good guy, Glen Bateman.

Finally Odessa Young is likely to play the pregnant (a big deal as the world comes to an end) Frannie Goldsmith while The New Mutants’ Henry Zaga is set to play Nick Andros, another big player for the good guys.

Honestly, I was 13 when I read The Stand and it has stuck with me for all these years with Stu and Abigail being among my favourite King characters and with the novel being such a tome (1,100 pages, if I recall correctly), the series is the only way to go.

With real money and talent behind this, we’re looking at a Game of Thrones level of unmissable TV.

Source: Darkhorizons

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….