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The Stand - James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, Greg Kinnear & More in Talks to Star in CBS All Access' Stephen King Series

James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, Greg Kinnear, Odessa Young, and Henry Zaga are all in various stages of negotiations to star in CBS All Access' limited event series, The Stand, per Collider's exclusive. Character descriptions are courtesy of Collider.

The Stand, based on Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same name, will be adapted for the streaming service by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) and Ben Cavell (SEAL Team). Josh Boone will also direct. Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, and Richard P. Rubinstein will serve as executive producers with Will Weiske and Miri Yoon as co-executive producers and Owen King as a producer. CBS Television Studios will produce the Stephen King adaptation.

The series is readying to start pre-production.

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 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.

James Marsden (Westworld, Dead to Me) is in advanced negotiations to play Stu Redman, a Texan who is the first man discovered to be immune to the Captain Trips virus that has ravaged the planet. He eventually becomes a leader in a community known as the Free Zone, and is tasked with confronting the evil Randall Flagg.

Amber Heard (Aquaman) is in negotiations to play Nadine Cross, a private school teacher and virgin who believes she has a unique destiny to be by Flagg's side.

Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act, Ghost) is in negotiations to play Mother Abagail, who is immune to the superflu and leads the 'good' survivors of the plague toward Boulder, Colorado. She also claims to be a prophet of God.

Greg Kinnear (The Twilight Zone, House of Cards) is in negotiations to play Glen Bateman, an arthritis-afflicted professor who joins Stu on his journey to meet Mother Abagail.

Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) is in advanced negotiations to play Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant woman who leaves her devastated community with a man named Harold Lauder, but ends up falling in love with Stu, much to Harold's chagrin.

Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why, Trinkets, The New Mutants) is all but set to play Nick Andros, a young, deaf-mute grifter who wears an eye patch.


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