There is more casting news today for the CBS All Access adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel, The Stand.
According to Variety, Eion Bailey (Fight Club), Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters), and Hamish Linklater (Legion) will join the ranks of previously announced stars Alexander Skarsgard, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard, Daniel Sunjata, James Marsden, and Jovan Adepo.
The Stand tells the story of a superflu-like virus that wipes out over 90% of the population and leaves those survivors in its wake divided into two camps. Those good souls find themselves drawn to 108 year old Mother Abigail (Goldberg) while other darker individuals make their way to Las Vegas and the Dark Man known as Randall Flagg (Skarsgard).
Bailey will play Teddy Weizak, a member of the body clean up crew in Boulder. McNamara has been cast as Julie Lawry, an unstable woman drawn to the Dark Man–a role previously played with gusto by Shawnee Smith in the 1990s adaptation of the novel. Linklater, meanwhile, takes on the role of Dr. Ellis, an infectious disease expert in the military who wants to end the superflu for all the wrong reasons.
This new adaptation has a lot of promise, and King himself will pen the final episode which will include a sort of epilogue that he was unable to include in the novel.
Josh Boone (The New Mutants) is set to direct the series. He has also been announced to helm Lisey’s Story, another King adaptation headed to Apple+.
Stay tuned to iHorror for more casting news and updates on The Stand!