Fresh from its debut at this year's virtual edition of New York Comic Con, we have a brand new trailer for The Stand. One of Stephen King's most acclaimed novels is getting a new miniseries adaptation, which is set to debut on CBS All Access this December. We were previously treated to a brief teaser but this is a full-length trailer that offers our best look yet at King's version of the apocalypse.
The trailer kicks off by showing us the world that has been ravaged by a plague. We see the relatively few survivors of the human race gathering together, attempting to piece together some sort of civilization. They have rallied around a mysterious figure known as Mother Abagail, played by Whoopi Goldberg. But this is just one faction of humanity. We find another, more reckless bunch, has gathered around the nefarious Randall Flagg, played by Alexander Skarsgard. These two factions will collide with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
The Stand ensemble cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden (Stu Redman), Greg Kinnear (Glen Bateman), Amber Heard (Nadine Cross), Jovan Adepo (Larry Underwood), Odessa Young (Frannie Goldsmith) and Owen Teague (Harold Lauder) were on hand for the panel. As were showrunner Benjamin Cavell and executive producer Taylor Elmore. Cavell had this to say in tackling the adaptation for modern times, given the novel's unexpected relevancy in the modern world.
"Whenever you're adapting a masterpiece, an iconic piece of fiction, there's a lot of pressure to do right by it. Part of, I think, why Stephen King is the most successful, influential American author since Mark Twain is that, no matter how in some way fantastical his stories are, or supernatural, they are so grounded in reality. In the sense that, he seems to be able to anticipate how people will react."
The Stand sees a world decimated by a plague that is now tangled in a struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), a mysterious 108-year-old woman, as well as a small handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are represented by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers named Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard), aka the Dark Man. Henry Zaga (Nick Andros), Brad William Henke (Tom Cullen), Irene Bedard (Ray Bretner), Nat Wolff (Lloyd Henreid), Eion Bailey (Weizak), Heather Graham (Rita Blakemoor), Katherine McNamara (Julie Lawry), Fiona Dourif (Ratwoman), Natalie Martinez (Dayna Jurgens), Hamish Linklater (Dr. Jim Ellis) and Daniel Sunjata (Cobb) round out the cast. The series will close with a new ending written by Stephen King himself.
Originally published in 1978, the novel remains one of Stephen King's most cherished works. A previous adaptation was released in 1994, which was met with a mixed reception. The new miniseries will consist of eight episodes and a new ending written by Stephen King, with Josh Boone (The New Mutants, The Fault In Our Stars), directing the first and final installments. Boone also serves as a co-writer of the series. The Stand premieres on December 17 on the CBS All Access streaming service. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.