CBS All Access’ 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic The Stand has began shooting in Vancouver, and the full main cast has been confirmed!
Catch the cast and character descriptions after the official synopsis below:
The Stand is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act, Ghost) will star as Mother Abagail, a prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superflu.
Jovan Adepo (When They See Us, Overlord) will play Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame, as well as illegal substances. When the plague hits, he is forced to confront his demons as he makes his way to the new world.
Owen Teague (It: Chapter Two, Bloodline) will portray Harold Lauder. After the superflu ravages his town, Harold goes in search of others with fellow survivor Frannie Goldsmith. While his intentions are good, jealousy and his infatuation with Frannie threaten to lead him down a dark path.
Brad William Henke (Orange is the New Black, Bright) will portray Tom Cullen, Nick Andros’ traveling companion who is developmentally disabled due to a terrible fall as a child. A sweet soul, he will be instrumental in their fight for survival.
Daniel Sunjata (Graceland, Rescue Me) will play Cobb, a member of the military tasked with supervising Stu Redman as the government searches for a cure during the outbreak of the superflu.
Alexander Skarsgård (Mute, The Legend of Tarzan) will portray Randall Flagg, also known as ‘the Dark Man’, whose unsettling and ever-changing presence is the embodiment of pure evil. Like Mother Abagail, Flagg appears in plague survivors’ dreams but, unlike her divine messaging, his ultimate goal is far more sinister.
The previously confirmed cast consists of:
James Marsden (Dead to Me, Westworld) as Stu Redman, an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.
Amber Heard (Aquaman, Magic Mike XXL) as Nadine Cross, a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) as Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.
Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why, Teen Wolf) as Nick Andros, a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.
Greg Kinnear (The Red Sea Diving Resort, House of Cards) is reportedly starring as Glenn Bateman, an associate professor of sociology who went into retirement some years before the superflu hit; while Marilyn Manson (The New Pope, Salem) is rumored to be appearing in an undisclosed role.
Josh Boone (The Pretenders, The Fault In Our Stars) and Ben Cavell (SEAL Team, Justified) will write and executive produce, with Boone also directing. Stephen King himself will write the last episode,“providing a new coda that isn’t found in the book.” Roy Lee (It: Chapter Two, Bates Motel), Jimmy Miller (The Lazarus Effect) and Richard P. Rubinstein (Thinner, The Langoliers) will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske (Hostiles) serving as co-executive producer. Knate Lee (Kidnap, Bad Grandpa), Jill Killington (All We Had, Carbdoard Boxer) and Owen King will serve as producers.