A bunch of big names are prepared to Stand and deliver. Whoopi Goldberg (The View), James Marsden (Westworld), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards) and Amber Heard (The Playboy Club) all are nearing deals to join CBS All Access’ The Stand, TVLine has learned.
The streaming outlet greenlit a 10-episode limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel in January.
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” King said in a statement at the time. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”
King’s 1978 novel chronicles the outbreak of an influenza that wipes out nearly everyone on the planet. In its aftermath, bands of survivors struggle to rebuild society. Oh, and did we mention that there’s an evil, supernatural presence stockpiling whatever weapons he and his followers can find?
Marsden will play Stu Redman, a military vet who is immune to the virus, per our sister site Deadline. Since Stu never got sick after finding patient zero, the government tries to make a vaccine from his blood. No details about the other character roles are currently available.
The series will be directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), who will co-write with Ben Cavell (SEAL Team).
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