Cast announced for Stephen King's The Stand series

James Marsden and Amber Heard have both confirmed their involvement.

The upcoming TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 1978 novel The Stand has found its core cast. 

The acclaimed 823-page novel is set in a post-apocalyptic version of the United States which has been devastated by a superflu pandemic known as Captain Trips. 

Its plot revolves around how the scattered survivors cope with the sudden collapse of society as well as the rise of Randall Flagg, an evil supernatural being disguised as a human. 

James Marsden will star as Stu Redman, a former factory worker who’s immune to the virus and becomes the leader of the Free Zone, a new attempt at establishing a community in Boulder, Colorado. 

Whoopi Goldberg is Mother Abigail, an elderly prophet who can communicate with God. She is the embodiment of pure good and set to lead the survivors against Flagg.

Amber Heard will play Nadine Cross, a former teacher who’s deeply conflicted by her deepening urge to stand by Flagg. 

Odessa Young will take on the role of Frannie, a wise young woman who can sense the evil emanating from Flagg.

Henry Zaga is Nick Andros, a deaf-mute grifter who joins Stu’s group of survivors. 

The series is being developed by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell for US network CBS with Stephen King set to write a brand-new ending for TV.

After being stuck in development hell for over ten years due to its length and complex themes, The Stand was finally adapted into a well-received miniseries in 1994 by Mick Garris starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Ruby Dee.

Several subsequent attempts to make it into a film have also since failed. 

A UK release date for The Stand is not yet known. 

Source: Digital Spy

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