The coronavirus outbreak may have stopped every major production in the past few months but there is one TV series that could still be pushing through despite the lockdowns. Interestingly, the show also features a disease that wiped out most of mankind. The series adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand is almost done and the first images from the show have just been revealed. This means fans can finally get their first glimpse at Alexander Skarsgaard as the villainous Randall Flagg.
In 2019, it was confirmed that Alexander Skarsgard would be joining the cast of CBS All Access' series adaptation of The Stand. Interestingly, the Big Little Lies star was chosen to play the charismatic yet evil Randall Flagg, who has appeared in several of Stephen King's works including The Dark Tower. However, Flagg is set to be the true villain in The Stand and fans believed that the show found the perfect actor to play the Big Bad.
The first images from The Stand were shared by Vanity Fair, which also interviewed the cast as well as showrunners Benjamin Cavell and Taylor Elmore, who explained how Randall Flagg is distinct from his previous incarnations in Stephen King's books.
"He's so charming and he's so handsome and so powerful-I mean genuinely powerful, able to perform these sort of miracles where he could levitate himself and he has these actual powers," Elmore said. "And yet he needs this adulation and this kind of worship from these people whom he's summoned to him. He needs to have them make a show all the time of how grateful they are to him."
In The Stand, Randall Flagg is something of a messianic character who gains followers after performing "miracles". However, it is later revealed that he isn't as nice as most people thought. Nevertheless, Taylor Elmore believes that Alexander Skarsgard can pull off the challenging role. "Alex just plays it where you feel not only sympathy for this character, but you hopefully understand why it's so easy for people to gravitate toward him. He's just magnetic, he's just absolutely fascinating to watch. He's galvanizing as a leader," he said.
The series will also star Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard, James Marsden, Owen Teague, Greg Kinnear, Nate Wolff, and Heather Graham. The Stand has not yet been given an official release date but is expected to air on CBS All Access later this year. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.