Deadline is reporting that James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga have officially been cast in the CBS All Access limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.
The Stand is an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by a plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the one-hundred-and-eight-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors, including Stuart Redman and their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers….the Dark man aka Randall Flagg.
James Marsden (whose credits include Westworld and Dead To Me) will be playing the role of Stu Redman, an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.
Amber Heard (whose credits include Aquaman and Her Smell) will be playing the role of 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 (whose credits include Assassination Nation and Sweet Virginia) will be playing the role of Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognise that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.
Henry Zaga (whose credits include Trinkets and Looking For Alaska) will be playing the role of 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.
It wasn’t confirmed in these reports whether or not Whoopi Goldberg and Greg Kinnear are officially on board, as they were reported by media outlets back in the middle of June along with Marsden and Heard.
The series will be written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, with the duo also serving as executive producers alongside Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Richard P. Rubinstein. Will Weiske and Miri Yoon will serve as co-producers whilst Knate lee, Jill Killington and Owen King will serve as producers. Stephen King will also writer the last chapter of the series, providing a different ending to the novel.