While the best-selling novel may be 40 years old, there’s a definite sense of prescience to the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.
Following the tribulations of a group of survivors of a global pandemic who find themselves enmeshed in a battle of good vs evil, The Stand, coming to CBS All Access in December, may just be the perfect mini-series with which to say goodbye to a 2020 fraught with a global virus, global warming and global political unrest.
The series stars Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abigail, Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg (aka the Dark Man), James Marsden as Stu Redman, Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Irene Bedard as Ray Bretner, Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, Eion Bailey as Weizak, Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, Fiona Dourif as Ratwoman, Natalie Martinez as Dayna Jurgens, Hamish Linklater as Dr. Jim Ellis, Daniel Sunjata as Cobb and Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman.
“During the two years we spent making The Stand, we all felt the responsibility of adapting what may be the most beloved work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, but none of us could have imagined that Stephen King’s 40-year-old masterpiece about a global pandemic would come to be so eerily relevant,” said Benjamin Cavell, showrunner and executive producer.
“We’re honored to tell this sprawling, epic story, including a new coda that Stephen King has wanted to add for decades. We’re so proud of this show and its attempt to find meaning and hope in the most uncertain of times. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”
The Stand premieres on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The nine-episode series will drop weekly on Thursdays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.