CBS All Access confirmed one last casting for “The Stand” on Friday afternoon, just a day after the network confirmed that Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, and Whoopi Goldberg had joined the cast. In today’s announcement, the streaming service confirmed that Alexander Skarsgård has joined the cast of its original limited event series, which is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. Skarsgård’s brother, Bill Skarsgård, plays Pennywise the clown in “IT” and “IT: Chapter 2,” which is another Stephen King adaptation. The other leads for “The Stand” include James Marsden, Amber Heard, and Odessa Young.
The announcement came just as the series started production in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to the platform, Alexander Skarsgård will play Randall Flagg, also known as “the Dark Man.” The character’s unsettling and ever-changing presence is the embodiment of pure evil in the story. Like Mother Abagail (Goldberg), Flagg appears in plague survivors’ dreams but, unlike her divine messaging, his ultimate goal is far more sinister.
Skarsgård won an Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Perry on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series “Big Little Lies” in 2017. Recently, he reprised his role of Perry in the second season of “Big Little Lies” and wrapped production on the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film “Godzilla vs. Kong.” His recent film and television credits include Lionsgate’s “Long Shot,” Fox Searchlight’s “The Aftermath,” “The Hummingbird Project,” “Hold The Dark” and AMC’s limited series “The Little Drummer Girl.” Fans might remember him from the HBO series “Generation Kill,” followed by his role as one of the leads in the popular HBO series “True Blood.”
Currently, he appears in Showtime’s “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” and can next be seen in A24’s “The Kill Team.”
If you’re new to “The Stand,” the story 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.
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will write and executive produce, with Boone also directing. Stephen King will write the last chapter of the series, providing a new coda that isn’t found in the book.
Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske serving as co-executive producer. Knate Lee, Jill Killington and Owen King will serve as producers.
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