The Stand Introduces Viewers to Mother Abagail, Randall Flagg and More

CBS All Access has released a set of preview images for its upcoming 9-episode adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, something that we've been obsessing about since the limited series was first announced back in 1978. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but we're just being snarky because we've been waiting for some visuals since the casting announcements started flowing in awhile back (as you'll see below, it's a massive cast). But now, the streaming service is offering viewers a sneak preview of the end of the world. In the images below, we meet Jovan Adepo's Larry Underwood and Heather Graham's Rita Blakemoor as they make their way through abandoned streets. From there, we meet Odessa Young's Frannie Goldsmith as well as the two opposing forces vying for the souls of those who survived: Whoopi Goldberg's Mother Abagail and Alexander Skarsgård's Randall Flagg.

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Pictured (l-r): Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood and Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor of the CBS All Access series THE STAND. Photo Cr: Best Possible Screengrab/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

CBS All Access' upcoming 9-episode adaptation of The Stand will include a King-penned final episode coda for the limited series, providing a new aspect and perspective to the ending not found in the book. The adaptation sees Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) directing two episodes, and executive producing alongside showrunner Ben Cavell, and Taylor Elmore, with CBS Televisions Studios producing. The limited series's ensemble cast includes Alexander Skarsgard, Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Amber Heard, Heather Graham, Greg Kinnear, Odessa Young, Henry Zaga, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, Daniel Sunjata, Nat Wolff, Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, Hamish Linklater, and Fiona Dourif. 

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Pictured: Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith of the CBS All Access series THE STAND. Photo Cr: James Minchin/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Marsden's Stu Redman is an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior. Heard's Nadine Cross is a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man. Young's Frannie Goldsmith is a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond Flagg. Zaga's Nick Andros is a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.

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Pictured: Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail of the CBS All Access series THE STAND. Photo Cr: James Minchin/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Goldberg's Mother Abagail is a prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superglue. Adepo's Larry Underwood is a young musician with a taste for fame, as well as illegal substances. When the plague hits, he is forced to confront his demons as he makes his way to the new world. Teague's Harold Lauder goes in search of others with fellow survivor Frannie Goldsmith. While his intentions are good, jealousy and his infatuation with Frannie threaten to lead him down a dark path. Henke's Tom Cullen is Nick Andros' traveling companion who is developmentally disabled due to a terrible fall as a child. A sweet soul, he will be instrumental in their fight for survival. Sunjata's Cobb is a member of the military tasked with supervising Stu Redman as the government searches for a cure during the outbreak of the superglue.

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Pictured: Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg of the CBS All Access series THE STAND. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Skarsgard's Randall Flagg is the living, breathing personification of all things dark and evil. Wolff's Lloyd Henreid is a petty criminal who becomes fiercely loyal to Flagg. Bailey's Teddy Weizak is a superflu survivor and member of the body crew, alongside Harold, in Boulder, CO. McNamara's Julie Lawry is a small-town girl with a wild side who is one of Lloyd's conquests in Las Vegas. Linklater's Dr. Ellis is a military colonel and infectious-disease specialist who dreams of being the hero who stops the superglue. Graham's Rita Blakemoor is a wealthy woman who is ill-prepared for the end of the world and attempts to escape superflu-infested New York City. Kinnear's Glen Bateman is a widowed professor when the superflu hits – one accustomed to a solitary life. When he encounters other survivors, Glen's curiosity is piqued by Mother Abagail's visions. Dourif's "Rat Woman" is one of Randall Flagg's evil lackeys.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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