The new adaptation of The Stand at CBS All Access has just rounded out its cast with several impressive new additions. Chief amongst those additions is Alexander Skarsgard, who will portray the villainous Randall Flagg. This has been a major question mark for Stephen King fans, as Flagg is not only a major part of this particular story, but one of the biggest baddies in all of the author's expansive multiverse.
Stephen King recently appeared on The View to promote his new book The Institute, as well as IT Chapter Two, which is currently killing it at the box office. At that time, he revealed four new cast members, including Jovan Adepo (When They See Us) as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague (IT) as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke (Orange is the New Black) as Tom Cullen and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) as Cobb. They join previously announced cast members Amber Heard (Aquaman) as Nadine Cross, Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) as Frannie Goldsmith, Henry Zaga (The New Mutants) as Nick Andros, James Marsden (Westworld) as Stu Redman. Whoopi Goldberg also confirmed on The View that she will play Mother Abigail. Marilyn Manson is also set to play a part in the series.
During his appearance on The View, Stephen King made no mention of Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg, but a report released not long after revealed the news. Skarsgard is known for his roles in shows like True Blood and Big Little Lies. On the movie side, some of his projects include The Legend of Tarzan and Netflix's Hold the Dark. He's also set to star in next year's Godzilla vs. Kong. It's also worth mentioning that he's the brother of Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise in the IT movies. They're both big stars in their own right, but it's an interesting coincidence nonetheless.
Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) is co-writing and directing the miniseries, which has been in the works for some time. Ben Cavell (Justified) is also writing. Stephen King personally wrote a new ending for the series, which didn't appear in his original novel. Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Richard P. Rubinstein are set to executive produce alongside both Boone and Cavell. Knate Lee, Jill Killington and Owen King also serve as producers on the long-gestating project. The story, in short, takes place in a world that has seen 99 percent of the population killed off by a deadly disaster.
The Stand was originally published in 1978 and remains one of Stephen King's most highly-regarded works. The book was brought to the small screen in 1994 in a miniseries that aired on CBS and was written by King. The new adaptation will consist of 10 episodes. No exact premiere date has been set, but it's expected to debut sometime in 2020. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Collider.