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CBS All Access is lining up the cast for its adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

It will be a limited series that includes, Whoopi Goldberg, Jovan Adepo (“When They See Us, “The Leftovers”), Owen Teague (“It), Brad William Henke (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Daniel Sunjata (“Rescue Me”). Those who have been cast previously include, James Marden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, and Henry Zaga.

“The Stand” is set in a time when the world has been destroyed by plague and locked in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the shoulders of a 108-year-old mother and a few survivors, whose worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers.

EGOT winner and host of “The View” Goldberg will play the 108-year-old mother Abigail. She is a prophet who has visions from God and guides those who have survived the superflu.

Adepo plays Larry Underwood, a musician with a hunger for fame and illegal substances. When the plague strikes, he is forced to face his demons as he makes his way to the new world.

Teague will play Harold Lauder, who searches for other survivors with Frannie Goldsmith (Young). He has good intentions, however, jealousy and his infatuation with Frannie would lead him down a dark path.

Henke plays Tom Cullen, Nick Andros’ (Zaga) traveling buddy, who is developmentally disabled due to a childhood accident. Tom plays a sweet soul and an instrumental role in the fight to survive.

Sunjata will play the guest role, Cobb. He is a military man tasked with supervising Stu Redman (Marsden) as the government searches for a cure.

The casting for “The Stand” comes as “It: Chapter Two” is running the box office and another King adaptation, of his new novel “The Institute.”

Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) is a longtime fan of King and has been attached to “The Stand” since is was optioned as a feature film in 2014. Boone is writing the CBS TV Studios series with Ben Cavell. Additionally, Boone will be directing.  King will write the last chapter of the series with a coda that is not in the book.

Boone and Cavell will be executive producers along with Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, and Richard P. Rubinstein.

“The Stand” will join a lineup of CBS All Access originals, including “The Good Fight,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Strange Angel,” “Tell Me a Story,” “Why Women Kill,” and “No Activity.”

By Jeanette Smith

Sources:

Hollywood Reporter: Whoopi Goldberg Boards ‘The Stand’ at CBS All Access
Deadline: ‘The Stand’: Whoopi Goldberg, Four More Join Stephen King’s CBS All Access Series
AV Club: The Stand miniseries rounds out its cast, and yes, that includes Whoopi Goldberg

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