CBS All Access released the first trailer for its limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
The 30-second clip introduces Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, a 108-year old prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superflu, a plague that has decimated the world’s population.
Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga also star in the nine-episode series, which is set to premiere in on the streaming platform on Dec. 17.
Also Read:CBS All Access Sets Premiere Date for ‘The Stand’“The Stand,” first published in 1978, is King’s longest standalone work and the first to introduce the character of Randall Flagg, a dark figure with supernatural abilities who attempts to construct a totalitarian civilization in the wake of the plague. The character will be played by Skarsgard in the adaptation.
King himself penned the finale for the series, which will include material not previously featured in his novel. According to CBS All Access, the ending will provide “a new coda” to the story.
“SEAL Team” creator Benjamin Cavell is showrunner and executive producer on the CBS Television Studios series, alongside executive producers Taylor Elmore, Will Weiske, Jimmy Miller, Roy Lee and Richard P. Rubinstein. Josh Boone serves as director and an executive producer for the series premiere and final episode. Jake Braver, Jill Killington, Owen King, Knate Lee and Stephen Welke also produce.
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All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Stephen King isn’t just an author by this point: He’s an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak — when he’s at his best — to our shared experiences a…Honorable Mention: “Tales From the Darkside: The Movie” (1990) Stephen King wrote only one installment of this feature film version of the “Tales From the Darkside” TV series, but it’s a doozy. “Cat From Hell” (which was o…44. The Mangler (1995) Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of King’s short story about a haunted laundry machine is insane in all the wrong ways. It’s a tonally scatterbrained, shrieking, overacted mess of a movie. Too bizarre to fe…43. Cell (2016) John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are two of the only people in the world who weren’t talking on their cell phone when a weird psychic zombie virus was unleashed through all the earpieces. The concept was …42. A Good Marriage (2014) Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia seem like the perfect married couple. But while her husband is off on one of his many business trips, Allen discovers that he’s actually a serial killer. Essentia…41. 1922 (2017) Thomas Jane plays a farmer plotting to kill his wife in this Netflix original, but of course irony rears its ugly head and his uppance doth come. “1922” plays like a radio true-crime drama from the 1940s, …40. Graveyard Shift (1990) You’d think Stephen King’s short story about industrial workers fighting killer rats would make for an entertaining creature feature, but “Graveyard Shift” dawdles too long and doesn’t get to th…39. Firestarter (1984) Drew Barrymore plays a young girl with pyrokinetic powers, and Martin Sheen and George C. Scott play the sinister men who want to kidnap her and exploit her abilities. It starts well, but the movie …38. Silver Bullet (1985) A series of full-moon murders convinces a disabled boy, played by Corey Haim, that a werewolf is on the loose in his town. Naturally, no one believes him, and naturally, he’s right. Gary Busey shi…37. Children of the Corn (1984) Stephen King’s tale of a young couple trapped in a town overrun by homicidal kids is a great idea for a movie, but Fritz Kiersch’s adaptation wanders aimlessly in search of scares, and the …36. Apt Pupil (1998) “Apt Pupil” is impossible to watch without drawing disturbing parallels. Bryan Singer’s bleak coming-of-age drama stars Brad Renfro as a teenager who cons a fugitive Nazi, played by Ian McKellen, into…35. Dreamcatcher (2003) It’s important to remember that some Stephen King stories are completely nuts, and if you need an example, look no further than “Dreamcatcher.” Thomas Jane (again), Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee and …34. Sleepwalkers (1992) Stephen King’s first original screenplay, “Sleepwalkers” stars Alice Krige and Brian Krause as mother-son cat monsters who are also lovers. They’re plotting to suck the life force out of virginal M…33. The Dark Tower (2017) Stephen King’s enormous fantasy epic yielded a frustratingly small and conventional movie adaptation. Tom Taylor plays a youngster who stumbles into a timeless battle between good and evil, repre…32. Riding the Bullet (2004) Jonathan Jackson stars as a death-obsessed college student who hitchhikes home to visit his sick mother and encounters a grim specter of death along the way. “Riding the Bullet” seems more per…31. Secret Window (2004) Another well-constructed film, made increasingly uncomfortable by context. Johnny Depp stars as a troubled, struggling, once-popular artist, accused of plagiarism by a mysterious stalker played by…30. Creepshow 2 (1987) The second film in Stephen King and George A. Romero’s horror franchise, this time directed by Michael Gornick, is more of a mixed bag than the original, with the conventional vengeful statue yarn “…29. Carrie (2013) Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie” updates King’s first novel to the present day, and adds a (perhaps ill-advised) plot point involving social media, but it’s still fundamentally the story of an abusiv…28. Thinner (1996) Robert John Burke stars as a corrupt, heavyset lawyer who uses his mob connections to stay out of jail after he accidentally hits an old gypsy with his car. Her widower curses him to get “thinner,” ever…27. Maximum Overdrive (1986) The only film that Stephen King directed himself, “Maximum Overdrive” tells the story of a group of strangers who get trapped at a gas station when all the machines on Earth come to life and s…26. The Running Man (1987) Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a wrongly accused man, forced to fight for his life against colorful superpowered murderers for the benefit of a live studio audience. “The Running Man” may not be…25. The Green Mile (1999) Frank Darabont’s second Stephen King adaptation tells the story of Depression-era death row inmates and guards, whose lives are forever altered by the arrival of a mysterious, magical new prisone…24. It: Chapter Two (2019) The Loser’s Club has all grown up — and is now played by recognizable actors like James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader — and they return to Derry to confront their childhood traumas, …23. Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Anton Yelchin stars as a young boy who becomes fascinated with his new neighbor, played by Anthony Hopkins, who has strange psychic powers. Scott Hicks’s coming-of-age film is slight, frequen…22. In the Tall Grass (2019) A little boy calls for help inside a field of grass, prompting a brother and sister to search for him and get hopelessly lost inside a verdant labyrinth of violence and fear. Directed by Vincen…21. The Night Flier (1997) A serial killer flies from one small airport to another, killing everyone they find, and a tabloid reporter played by Miguel Ferrer is on the case. The supernatural story gets increasingly ridic…20. 1408 (2007) John Cusack plays a non-fiction writer who spends the night at allegedly haunted hotels, but when he winds up in room 1408 he gets more than he bargained for. Mikael Håfström’s incredibly clever film finds…19. The Dark Half (1993) Timothy Hutton plays a novelist almost-but-not-entirely like Stephen King, who wrote under a pseudonym, had that pseudonym exposed, and publicly “killed” his alter ego. The problem is, Hutton’s do…18. Cat’s Eye (1985) A scheme to stop smoking goes horribly wrong, a jilted husband makes a deadly wager, and a cat struggles to rescue a little girl from a monster in “Cat’s Eye,” one of the best horror anthologies of th…17. Needful Things (1993) Max von Sydow opens up a knick-knack store in Castle Rock, Maine, where every customer finds exactly what they desire, and all it ever costs them is a little favor. Gradually the whole town start…16. Pet Sematary (1989) “Sometimes, dead is better.” Stephen King’s vicious and horrifying tale about a family’s grief gone disturbingly wrong became an emotionally explosive and creepy film from director Mary Lambert, wh…15. Pet Sematary (2019) “Sometimes, dead is better.” Stephen King’s vicious and horrifying tale about a family’s grief gone disturbingly wrong became an emotionally explosive and creepy film from… wait, didn’t we just d…14. Gerald’s Game (2017) Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood play a married couple looking to rekindle their sex life, but when he handcuffs her to the bed and then falls down dead of a heart attack, their weekend getaway b…13. Dolores Claiborne (1995) Dolores (Kathy Bates) is accused of a brutal murder, and when her estranged daughter, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, investigates, she discovers layer after layer of repressed and traumatic m…12. Christine (1983) John Carpenter’s King adaptation stars Keith Gordon as a high school nerd who buys a beat-up Plymouth Fury and becomes obsessed with it. Little does he realize the car is also becoming obsessed with h…11. “Doctor Sleep” (2019) Mike Flanagan’s ambitious and challenging adaptation of King’s sequel to “The Shining” has the unenviable task of finding common ground between the original novel and Kubrick’s loose adaptation. …10. The Mist (2007) Frank Darabont finally makes a Stephen King movie that isn’t set at a prison, and it’s one of the meanest and most frightening adaptations yet. Thomas Jane and his son are trapped in a grocery store af…9. Stand By Me (1986) Rob Reiner’s “Stand By Me” might as well be called “Nostalgia: The Movie.” With a winning cast and a pitch-perfect 1950s soundtrack, this story of a group of kids hiking to find a dead body and becom…8. Creepshow (1982) Stephen King and George A. Romero pay homage to the outlandish and ironic E.C. Horror comics of yore in “Creepshow,” a collection of violent short stories presented as colorfully and dynamically as pos…7. Cujo (1983) Dee Wallace gives one of the great horror performances in “Cujo,” a harrowingly simple shocker about a woman trapped in a car with her son by a deadly and rabid St. Bernard. As time ticks on, it becomes cle…6. It: Chapter One (2017) The first chapter of Andy Muschietti’s two-part remake of “It” transposes King’s idyllic 1950s to its modern nostalgic equivalent, the 1980s, and it works. This story of a group of loser kids who…5. Misery (1990) Only one Stephen King adaptation has ever won an Academy Award, and it’s Rob Reiner’s “Misery.” Kathy Bates took home a well-deserved Oscar for her role as a mentally disturbed nurse who kidnaps her favor…4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Frank Darabont’s celebrated adaptation of “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” stars Tim Robbins as a mild-mannered accountant imprisoned for murdering his wife and struggling to…3. Carrie (1976) The very first Stephen King adaptation is still, rather impressively, one of the best. Brian De Palma’s screen version of King’s debut novel stars Sissy Spacek as the abused title character, Piper Laurie …2. The Dead Zone (1983) David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s psychic drama stars Christopher Walken as a teacher who falls into a coma and wakes up years later, having lost the love of his life but gaining the …1. The Shining (1980) Stephen King famously disapproved of Kubrick’s adaptation of “The Shining,” but let’s agree to disagree. “The Shining” is a masterpiece of horror, a perfect marriage of material and filmmaker, with i…
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CBS All Access released the first trailer for its limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”