We’ve been waiting decades for a version of The Stand that lives up to Stephen King’s opus of a novel. The book, released in 1978, couldn’t possibly be more relevant today. It’s set in an apocalyptic America ravaged by a deadly illness that kills most of the world’s population. Sounds a little on-the-nose, right?
The Stand will receive a nine-episode limited series release this year on CBS All Access. (It was previously adapted as a miniseries back in 1994.) And now, we have a brand new trailer out of New York Comic Con to sink our teeth into. Let’s check it out.
There’s certainly a lot going on here! Fans of the book will notice a lot of key moments that’ve made their way to screen. But in case you don’t know much about The Stand and how it fits into the larger world of Stephen King, here’s the official synopsis for the series from CBS.
The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man.
Based on King’s best-selling novel of the same name, CBS All Access’ The Stand will close with a new coda written by the famed author himself.
That’s right. This version of The Stand will have a new coda from the horror auteur himself. We can’t wait to see what King cooked up for us.
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In addition to Goldberg and Skarsgård, The Stand stars James Marsden as Stu Redman; Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith; Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood; Amber Heard as Nadine Cross; Owen Teague as Harold Lauder; Henry Zaga as Nick Andros; Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen; Irene Bedard as Ray Bretner; Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid; Eion Bailey as Weizak; Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor; Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry; Fiona Dourif as Ratwoman; Natalie Martinez as Dayna Jurgens; Hamish Linklater as Dr. Jim Ellis; Daniel Sunjata as Cobb; and Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman.
The series premieres December 17 on CBS All Access, with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays.
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