James Marsden, Amber Heard Join ‘The Stand’, Stephen King Set to Pen New Ending for Series

The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel ‘The Stand’ has added a star-studded cast with the author writing the final episode with a new ending…

CBS All-Access is going all in on the nine-episode event series that will adapt Stephen King’s classic novel ‘The Stand’.

A previous adaptation happened back in 1994 and that one was well received but fans of King’s work should get very excited about this new version because not only is he directly involved with the series but the prolific horror writer will be penning the final episode with a new ending for the story.

‘The Stand’ is an epic, post apocalyptic story after the world is ravaged by a plague that wipes out 99-percent of the population and the survivors are embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers — Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

The new ending that King is personally writing will document what happens with the survivors in his original story years after the events in ‘The Stand’.

In addition to that news, four major cast members for the new event series were also announced including veterans from ‘Westworld’ and ‘Aquaman’.

James Marsden will play Stu Redman, “an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.”
Amber Heard will play Nadine Cross, “a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.”
Odessa Young (A Million Little Pieces) will play Frannie Goldsmith, “a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.”
And finally, Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) will lay Nick Andros, “a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.”

There’s no word yet when the new version of ‘The Stand’ will land on CBS All-Access but with casting underway it’s likely the series will get into production before the end of the year.

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