CBS All Access is adapting Stephen King’s The Stand for the streaming service. The lead cast is in the process of being filled. Today, CBS announced five more cast members, including Whoopi Goldberg and possibly Alexander Skarsgård. They join James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, and Henry Zaga in key roles for the series.

Goldberg will take on the prophet Mother Abagail. Abagail Freemantle is 108 years old, lives in Nebraska and receives visions from God. She calls to the survivors of the plague, psychically, to join her and leads them in a battle of good and evil. Goldberg confirmed her role on Wednesday’s episode of The View.

Collider reports that Skarsgård will play Randall Flagg, The Dark Man.  Flagg is kind of a sorcerer…perhaps even the Devil. He sets up camp in Las Vegas and encourages people to indulge in their vices.  He punishes anyone who’s not having fun or questions his authority. Flagg also has the ability to see the future, but as Mother Abagail grows strong, his powers get weak. CBS has not confirmed Skarsgård’s casting. 

Stellar Cast

King and CBS confirmed the casting of four more actors. Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, a narcissistic musician turned freedom fighter; Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, an insecure teenager seduced by darkness; Brad William Henke is set to play the gentle giant Tom Cullen. M-O-O-N, that spells Tom. If you’ve read the book, you get it.  And Daniel Sunjata is cast in a guest role.

Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will write and executive produce, with Boone also directing.  Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, and Richard P. Rubinstein will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske serving as co-executive producer. Knate Lee, Jill Killington, and Owen King will serve as producers. King will write a coda to the series that isn’t found in the book. 

Here is The Stand Logline from CBS All Access: 

An 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 Abigail 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. 

The Stand is currently in pre-production. There is no release date as of yet. 

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