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Alexander Skarsgård will be Randall Flagg in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand


It looks like the Skarsgård’s are becoming the various Big Bads of various Stephen King adaptations. Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise the Clown from the It movies and now comes word that Alexander Skarsgård will be playing the evil Randall Flagg in the new adaptation of The Stand from CBS.

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.

Collider had the news of Skarsgård’s casting while THR had confirmation of other actors joining the show who had been in negotiations for the film – James Marsden (Stu Redman), Amber Heard (Nadine Cross), Odessa Young (Frannie Goldsmith), Henry Zaga (Nick Andros) and Whoopi Goldberg (Mother Abagail).

Other new members of the cast include Jovan Adepo (When They See Us, The Leftovers), Owen Teague (It), Brad William Henke (Orange Is the New Black) and Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me).

  • Adepo plays Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame and illegal substances. When the plague hits, he’s forced to confront his demons as he makes his way to the new world.
  • Teague will play Harold Lauder, who goes searching for fellow survivors with Frannie Goldsmith (Young). Though he has good intentions, jealousy and his infatuation with Frannie could lead Harold down a dark path.
  • Henke is set to play Tom Cullen, Nick Andros’ (Zaga) travelling companion who is developmentally disabled after a childhood accident. A sweet soul, Tom will play an instrumental role in the fight for survival.
  • Sunjata will have the guest role of Cobb, a military man charged with supervising Stu Redman (Marsden) as the government searches for a cure during the outbreak.

King has written the series’ tenth and final episode, which will include a new “coda” to the story that wasn’t part of his original 1978 novel.

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