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Nearly two years after it was ordered to series, The Stand will at last make its debut on CBS All Access in December.
The ViacomCBS streaming service will premiere the limited series, based on Stephen King’s novel, on Dec. 17, with episodes debuting weekly. The nine-episode story, which CBS All Access gave a straight-to-series order back in January 2019, will feature a new coda written by the author.
Set in the aftermath of a deadly plague, The Stand tells the story of a world locked in an elemental struggle between good and evil, with the fate of humankind resting on the frail shoulders of 108-year-old Mother Abigail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors, whose worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randal Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard), the Dark Man.
“During the two years we spent making The Stand, we all felt the responsibility of adapting what may be the most beloved work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, but none of us could have imagined that Stephen King’s 40-year-old masterpiece about a global pandemic would come to be so eerily relevant,” said showrunner Benjamin Cavell (SEAL Team, Justified). “We’re honored to tell this sprawling, epic story, including a new coda that Stephen King has wanted to add for decades. We’re so proud of this show and its attempt to find meaning and hope in the most uncertain of times. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”
The cast also includes James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Amber Heard, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Irene Bedard, Nat Wolff, Eion Bailey, Heather Graham, Katherine McNamara, Fiona Dourif, Natalie Martinez, Hamish Linklater, Daniel Sunjata and Greg Kinnear.
CBS Television Studios produces The Stand. Cavell executive produces with Taylor Elmore, Will Weiske, Jimmy Miller, Roy Lee and Richard P. Rubinstein. Josh Boone, who had been connected to the project for years, directed and executive produces the first and last episodes. Jake Braver, Jill Killington, Owen King, Knate Lee and Stephen Welke serve as producers.
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