Earlier this year, CBS All Access announced plans to move forward with a ten-episode limited series based on Stephen King’s massive novel “The Stand,” the project seemingly morphing out of the attempted two-film adaptation that “The Fault in Our Stars” helmer Josh Boone has previously been working on.
Boone and Ben Cavell are penning the series which Boone is directing and pre-production is now underway at CBS Television Studios, which means casting is in the works. No names have been announced as yet, but a new report at Collider cites multiple sources and talks about who is up for the various key roles.
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is in negotiations to play Mother Abagail, an old woman and apparent prophet who leads the ‘good’ survivors of the plague toward Boulder, Colorado. Ruby Dee played her in the miniseries.
James Marsden (“Westworld”) is in advanced negotiations to play Stu Redman, the first man discovered to be immune to the Captain Trips virus and the Free Zone community leader. Gary Sinise played him in the miniseries.
Amber Heard (“Aquaman”) is in negotiations to play private school teacher Nadine Cross who ends up becoming villain Randall Flagg’s concubine. Laura San Giacomo played her in the miniseries.
Oscar winner Greg Kinnear is in negotiations to play arthritis-afflicted professor Glen Bateman. Ray Walston played him in the miniseries.
Odessa Young (“Assassination Nation”) is in advanced negotiations to play the pregnant Frannie Goldsmith who ends up falling in love with Stu. Molly Ringwald played her in the miniseries.
Finally Henry Zaga (“The New Mutants”) is effectively set to play Nick Andros, a deaf-mute grifter. Rob Lowe played him in the miniseries.
Boone, Cavell, Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein will executive produce.