In 1994, ABC adapted Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand into a four-night miniseries. The miniseries met a positive reception, but being on network TV somewhat stifled it creatively. Now, The Stand is set to get a brand new, 10-part streaming adaptation.
The Stand limited series will stream on CBS All Access, with noted King fan Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) set to direct. Now, Collider reports that Boone’s take on The Stand is beginning to fill out its cast, with deals all but done for the following actors.
First, James Marsden is set to play lead character Stu Redman, played by Gary Sinise in the miniseries. Marsden currently stars on Westworld, and formerly played Cyclops in the X-Men franchise. He also appeared in the sci-fi/horror film Disturbing Behavior.
Next on the list is Amber Heard, in line to portray Nadine Cross, the destined lover of demonic villain Randall Flagg. Heard recently played Mera in Aquaman, and starred in the legendary John Carpenter’s last feature film to date, 2010’s The Ward.
In the most surprising bit of Stand casting, Whoopi Goldberg will play Mother Abigail, a 108-year-old prophet of the lord. Ruby Dee played the character in the miniseries. Greg Kinnear is also set to play Glen Bateman, played by Ray Walston in the miniseries.
Rounding the current casting announcements out is Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) as Fran Goldsmith and Henry Zaga (The New Mutants) as Nick Andros. Notably, Zaga worked with Josh Boone on that film. Look out for more casting reveals soon.