As if you needed any more reasons to be excited about King's TV series adaptation, the Antichrist Superstar has revealed he's gonna be in it!
Yes, THAT novel adaptation is finally happening after years of rejection, project shutting down, people abandoning it, and bouncing between whether it should be a movie or a TV series.
Stephen King's 1978 post-apocalyptic horror fantasy novel The Stand has found a home on CBS All Access and we're thrilled that it is ultimately taking shape after being stuck in developmental hell for over 10 years!
CBS has ordered a 10-hour limited series and we have some amazing, VERY interesting cast details. According to Comicbook, James Marsden from Dead To Me is playing Stu Redman, 'a Texan who is the first man discovered to be immune to the Captain Trips virus that has ravaged the planet.' Odessa Young from Looking for Grace is going to play Frannie Goldsmith, Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, and Amber Heard as Nadine Cross.
Marilyn Manson, one of the most controversial artists out there, has also joined the star cast of the show and we can already feel how wild the series is going to be! "Shooter [Jennings] and I also did a cover of 'The End' by the Doors, for a new miniseries of The Stand by Stephen King, which I'm also going to be acting in," the Antichrist Superstar told Revolver, confirming the rumors. However, we still don't know what role the 50-year-old will be playing.
Marilyn Manson is no stranger to acting. In case you don't already know he has played iconic roles in Sons of Anarchy, Salem, Street Level, Once Upon a Time, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, and Jaw Breaker.
Plus, if you are a Manson fan or if you have ever accidentally clicked on one of his music videos, you already know what a creative genius he is. The fact that a major horror icon is joining King's TV adaptation has horror fans super excited!
In fact, Stephen King himself is beyond stoked. “I like [showrunner] Josh Boone’s work, I actually worked with him on his first feature,” King revealed on the Post Mortem Podcast.
“And then he did The Fault in Our Stars, which I thought showed his grasp of the medium. And I like him a lot. I like his reach… his ambition for [The Stand]. Really the thing I’m most excited about is, first of all, we’ve got two more hours to tell the story. And second, we’re free of all those things that held us back with [the original mini-series]. Not only is the budget bigger… we’re free… in terms of language, in terms of violence… in a way that we weren’t with the original.”
“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery," Boone shared in a statement when the series was announced. “Incensed, I stole my Dad’s FedEx account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work. Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine, and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from god himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan. My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day."
"I wrote King a cameo as himself in my first film and have been working to bring The Stand to the screen for five years. I’ve found incredible partners in CBS All Access and Ben Cavell. Together with Stephen King, Owen King, my longtime producing partners Knate Lee and Jill Killington, we plan to bring you the ultimate version of King’s masterwork.”
Will you be watching? Check this space for a release date!