A week or so ago, we passed along word that CBS All Access and The Fault in Our Star and The New Mutants director Josh Boone's upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand had snagged a good amount of its cast (more on that below). And today we have word that the CBS All Access series will begin shooting on September 16th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Principal photography is then expected to wrap on March 11th, 2020.
As mentioned above, this latest news comes to us on the heels of a rather massive update a week or so ago where most of the principal casting of the series was revealed. These roles include Westworld and X-Men star James Marsden as Stu Redman, Aquaman and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane actress Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Ghost and Jumpin Jack Flash actress Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, and The Twilight Zone actor Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman. Assassination Nation star Odessa Young will be joining them as Frannie Goldsmith, and The New Mutants star Henry Zaga rounds out the cast as Nick Andros.
Some of the main characters from Stephen King's classic novel that have yet to be cast include the main villain Randall Flagg, and a handful of his cohorts such as Lloyd Henreid, Harold Lauder, and Trashcan Man. And a few of the good guys have yet to be cast as well such as Larry Underwood, Tom Cullen, Judge Richard Farris, and Ralph Brentner. But we'll pass along word on their casting as soon as we hear anything.
For those of you keeping the score at home, the original 1994 ABC miniseries featured Forrest Gump and Snake Eyes actor Gary Sinise as Stu Redman, and Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me,Sex, Lies, and Videotape) as Nadine Cross. Ruby Dee (A Raisin in the Sun, Do the Right Thing) portrayed the prophet of God, Mother Abagail, while Ray Walston (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Popeye) played Glen Bateman, Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) was Frannie Goldsmith, and Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreations, Wayne's World) played young, deaf-mute, Nick Andros. Sleepwalkers and Desperation director Mick Garris took the helm of the 1994 miniseries from a series of screenplays written by author Stephen King himself. It originally aired on ABC starting on May 8, 1994.
Meanwhile, this new miniseries take on the classic novel is being written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell with Boone expected to direct most if not all of the ten episodes. Boone and Cavell will also serve as the show's executive producers along with Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, and Richard P. Rubinstein. Stephen King's son, Owen King, will be the series producer. Vertigo Entertainment, Mosaic Media Group, and CBS Television Studios are the production companies behind this new version which will begin airing sometime next year on CBS All Access. As mentioned above, this CBS All Access series will start shooting on September 16th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is then expected to wrap on March 11th, 2020. This production update comes to us via HN Entertainment and this casting update comes to us via writer-director Josh Boone himself over on Instagram.