Tuesday, August 6, 2019

James Marsden, Amber Heard to Star in THE STAND Limited Series

James Marsden And Amber Heard Star In The Stand Limited Series

James Marsden ("X-Men") and Amber Heard ("Aquaman") are set to star in CBS All Access' upcoming adaptation of Stephen King' 1978 novel "The Stand". The book was previously adapted into a 1994 ABC miniseries that starred Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald.

The story is set in a world decimated by a plague and locked in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of 108-year-old Mother Abigail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man. Flagg, made his first appearance in "The Stand", and has popped up as a villain in several of King's books, including "The Eyes of the Dragon" and the "The Dark Tower" series.

The 10-episode limited series will also feature an entirely new finale, which will be written by King himself, intended as a coda to the series that is not found in the 1978 book. Marsden is set to play Stu Redman, a working-class man who becomes a leader of the survivors, while Heard will star as Nadine Cross, a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions but is compelled by her allegiance to Randall.

The cast also includes Odessa Young ("A Million Little Pieces") as Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman who recognizes there's evil lurking beyond the Dark Man, and Henry Zaga ("13 Reasons Why") as Nick Andros, a deaf and mute young man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens.

The limited series is written by Josh Boone ("The Fault in Our Stars", "The New Mutants"), who has been attached to the project since its inception, in 2014, when it was supposed to be a feature film. He is also set to direct. Ben Cavell ("Justified") is on board as co-writer.


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