Stephen King had a great influence in who played Randall Flagg in the television adaptation The Stand. That was why a lesser-named actor at the time was cast (Jamey Sheridan).
That could not be further from the truth now, though. King recently was on ABC’s The View, where he announced casting for CBS All Access’s upcoming adaptation of his book The Stand. While he included Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, and Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, he left one name out.
Collider has learned that the name King was keeping to himself was Alexander Skarsgard, who will be playing Randall Flagg. Oh, do we know that Skarsgard can play a bad guy. Skarsgard will be joining James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, and Henry Zara in the 10-episode series. Whoopi Goldberg will also be joining as Mother Abagail.
Randall Flagg has been in everything, originating as a poem, but going on to be in books of King’s, TV shows, comics, and movies. The Man in Black; he’s a well-known pop-culture villain.
King has written the final episode of the series. It will include a new “coda” that was not a part of his original 1978 novel. In The Stand, a demonic Flagg rules a lawless city after the world has been practically wiped out due to a disease. A peaceful safe haven is led by Mother Abagail.
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