The Stand continues to add to its stacked, A-list cast. Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Justice League) has officially been revealed as a new member of the ensemble. Miller will play the role of Trashcan Man in the CBS All Access miniseries, which is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name.
Trashcan Man was a big part of Stephen King's book and a couple of photos have been released that showcase Ezra Millers' take on the character. As we can see, he looks a bit manic and has an obsession with fire. And, it's said he basically only wears "underwear and combat boots." Miller has this to say.
"What excites me is the deception of behavior and appearances. Trash is the underestimated and misinterpreted amongst us.'Fireproof underwear' were two of the first words out of my mouth in the first conceptual meeting. I was very interested in working directly with the wardrobe department in creating a look based entirely on the practical demands of the characters pyromania. Trash wears nothing but what is necessary to craft incendiaries, ignite them, and get as close to the flames as possible, in order to revel in the fire."
Ezra Miller joins a huge cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail and Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg. The cast also includes James Marsden (Stu Redman), Greg Kinnear (Glen Bateman), Amber Heard (Nadine Cross), Jovan Adepo (Larry Underwood), Odessa Young (Frannie Goldsmith), Owen Teague (Harold Lauder), 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). The Stand showrunner Benjamin Cavell had this to say about Ezra Miller's Trashcan Man.
"It's so different from any way that anyone has seen Erza before, and he's so committed to it. He's a huge fan of the book and had fallen in love with this character and wanted to play it for a long time. On our first call, he described Trash as 'the embodiment of pyromania.' The only thing this guy was capable of, and the only area in life he was comfortable, were with the explosives and instruments of fire and destruction."
Stephen King originally released The Stand in 1978. The plot, generally speaking, centers on a virus that wipes out 99 percent of all people on Earth. Two groups of survivors are left standing who become locked in a battle for America. King was personally involved in the new adaptation, as he personally wrote a new ending.
The book has been adapted in the past, most notably as a miniseries in 1994. The new adaptation will consist of eight episodes. Josh Boone (The New Mutants) is on board as an executive producer and director. The Stand premieres December 17 on CBS All Access. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.