The CBS All Access adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand” is coming along, and the network confirmed three more names for the cast. Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, and Hamish Linklater have joined the cast of the limited series, which is based on King’s bestselling novel of the same name. The other cast members that have been confirmed are James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Alexander Skarsgård, and Whoopi Goldberg.
According to the network, Eion Bailey will play Teddy Weizak, a superflu survivor and member of the body crew, alongside Harold, in Boulder, Colorodo. Bailey is known for his performances in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” and the long-standing television drama “ER.” Recently, he was seen in Amazon Studios’ “The Last Tycoon,” “Ray Donovan,” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Bailey’s film credits include “Extortion,” “Fight Club,” “Almost Famous” and the HBO original movie “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.”
Katherine McNamara will play Julie Lawry. A small-town girl with a wild side. McNamara is best known for the Freeform series “Shadowhunters” and currently stars in The CW’s “Arrow,” which is returning for its final season this October. Other television credits include “CSI,” “Unforgettable,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “30 Rock” and “The Fosters.” Last year, McNamara reprised her role as Sonya in the third installment of “The Maze Runner” trilogy, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” a role she originated in “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.” Other film credits include “New Year’s Eve,” “Contest” and the Disney Channel Original Movie “Girl Vs. Monster.” McNamara made her Broadway debut in “A Little Night Music,” opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury.
Hamish Linklater will play Dr. Ellis, a military colonel and infectious disease specialist who dreams of being the hero who stops the superflu. Linklater recently wrapped production on the final season of FX’s “Legion” and will next appear in the TNT drama “Tell Me Your Secrets,” opposite Lily Rabe. Other television credits include CBS’ “The Crazy Ones,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “The Big C.” Currently, he can be seen in Netflix’s “Unicorn Store,” and additional film credits include the Academy Award-winning “The Big Short,” “Magic in the Moonlight,” “Battleship,” “42” and “Lola Versus.” In addition to acting, Linklater also wrote and produced the original off-Broadway plays “The Whirligig” and “The Vandal.”
If you didn’t read the original novel, 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. You still have time to read the original before seeing the adaptation, and you can find it right here on Amazon.
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 won’t be 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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