It’s one of Stephen King’s biggest tales that didn’t involve a child-eating clown, or a lone gunman, and it couldn’t be arriving at a more unsettling time. Nevertheless, brand new stills have arrived over at Vanity Fair for the TV adaptation of The Stand which is crammed with a heap of stars including Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård.
Given a previous TV effort back in 1994, The Stand saw the world torn apart by a weaponised virus that wipes out 99% of the planet. Those that are left are forced to choose a side between good and evil, led by Mother Abigail (the perfectly cast Whoopi Goldberg) and the infamous and downright terrifying Randall Flagg (played by Skarsgård). Throughout King’s opus, a number of different characters cross paths with one another before finally going to war in a battle that could leave the world in further ruin, or put humanity back on the straight and narrow.
While there’s only a handful of stills so far, what’s on show confirms that showrunners Benjamin Cavell and Taylor Elmore of Justified have King’s classic story just right for the small screen. Alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård checking the boxes, there’s also shots of Owen Teague as Harold Lauder and Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, as well as Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood and Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor. Joining them in The Stand that’s more of a queue, there’s also James Marsden as Stu Redman, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman, Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, Hamish Linklater as Dr. Ellis, Eion Bailey as Teddy Weizak, Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, Fiona Dourif as the Rat Woman, and Natalie Martinez and Marilyn Manson in unspecified roles.
As to absolutely no one’s surprise, The Stand did hit pandemic issues of its own when production was shut down a few days earlier than intended. Even so, it’s been confirmed that the show did finish up, although a release date has yet to be finalised. What’s even more interesting is that the show won’t completely follow the 1978 book, and instead kick things off after the virus has done its business and those that remain are left to pick up the pieces. In addition to that, King has written a new ending for the story that will look into what becomes of the world after those that dare to make a stand.
Currently The Stand has no confirmed release date in the UK, but is set to arrive on CBS All Access later this year.