The Perfect Remake of Stephen King's 'The Stand'

The Stand is one of Stephen King's most purely terrifying works to date. The novel is so long that I don't think a feature film or 4-part miniseries do justice to the story's complexity and vivid detail. I think 'The Stand' should be adapted into a one off 10-part miniseries. This is the cast I'd prefer to participate. Enjoy! Thanks for reading.
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S. Epatha Merkerson
Actress, Law & Order
A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order...
“ as "Mother" Abigail Freemantle, one of the chief protagonists of 'The Stand.' At 108-years-old, Mother Abigail is the oldest person alive in the United States at the time of the Superflu epidemic. She lives through the Superflu and begins appearing in survivors' dreams as the embodiment of good in the world (while Randall Flagg appears in the survivors' dreams as pure evil). Those drawn to Mother Abigail congregate at her farm in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, and, later, in the Boulder Free Zone. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Specialist Charlie D. Campion. He is stationed in the California desert and is patient zero for the Superflu epidemic. Knowing that something had went terribly wrong, Campion took his wife and daughter and fled east, infecting dozens of people, who, in turn, infected countless more. ” - Bill Burns
Christiane Seidel
Christiane Seidel is an international actress who stars as Martha, a mysterious free-spirited woman in the Netflix mini-series, Godless. She was recently known as Sigrid Mueller, the murderous Norwegian nanny-turned-wife to Michael Shannon's rogue FBI Agent Nelson Van Alden on HBO's Boardwalk Empire...
“ as Sally Campion, Charlie Campion's wife. One of the first handful of people infected with the Superflu virus. ” - Bill Burns
Robert Patrick
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr. was born on November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest of five children. He attended the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, but dropped out after he took a drama course and became interested in acting. After leaving college, he took a job as a house painter and continued as such until a boating accident in Lake Erie in 1984...
“ as General William "Bill" Starkey, the commanding officer of Project Blue, the secret U.S. military operation responsible for creating the Superflu virus. ” - Bill Burns
Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln is a British actor. Lincoln spent his early childhood in Hull, Yorkshire before his family relocated to Bath, Somerset when he was age 10. He was educated at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His father is a civil engineer...
“ as Stuart Redman. Redman is one of the main protagonists and Sheriff of the Boulder Free-Zone. A widowed factory worker from Arnet, Texas at the outset of the Superflu, Stu is one of the .6% of the population immune to the Captain Trips virus. He is transported from Arnet to the Stovington Plague Center in Vermont, however, he escapes after the Superflu wipes out the hospital staff. Stu first meets Glen Bateman and his dog, Kojak, but soon join with Fran Goldsmith and Harold Lauder on his way to Mother Abigail's Farm. ” - Bill Burns
Dominic West
Actor, 300
“ as Randall Flagg, primary antagonist of 'The Stand.' Known as "The Man in Black" and the "Walkin' Dude," Randall Flagg is a semi-immortal being who takes part in some of the biggest disasters of the late 20th-Century. Flagg takes advantage of the Superflu epidemic and achieves cult-leader status as a community forms around him in Las Vegas. Flagg draws the allegiance of some of the most evil and wicked survivors of the Superflu epidemic including Lloyd Henried and the Trashcan Man. ” - Bill Burns
Allison Williams
Actress, Girls
Allison Williams, born April 13, 1988, is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She is best known for her role as "Marnie Michaels" on the HBO comedy-drama series, Girls. Williams was born and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, and is the daughter of former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor...
“ as Frances "Frannie" Goldsmith, a pregnant college girl from a small town in Maine is one of 'The Stand's' primary protagonists. Along with Harold Lauder and her unborn child, she is the only other survivor of the Superflu epidemic from her hometown. Fran and Harold meet up with Stu Redman and Glen Bateman on their way to Boulder by way of Hemingford Home, Nebraska. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Larry Underwood. Larry is a platinum-selling recording artist who survives the Superflu and serves as a member of the Boulder Free Zone Executive Committee ” - Bill Burns
Joseph Mazzello
Born in Rhinebeck, New York, he got into acting when he was 5 years old, after his sister had appeared in 30-odd commercials. Since then he has acted opposite some of the best actors in Hollywood as a bright, expressive actor with complexity, sensitivity, and emotion. He attended film school at USC and got a degree in cinema and television production...
“ as Nick Andros. Nick is one of the main protagonists of 'The Stand'. Deaf and mute, Nick survives the Superflu epidemic and makes his way to Boulder, Colorado, meeting the rest of the group along the way. ” - Bill Burns
Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn was born on April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York. He studied in England at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then returned to America and was a member of the National Shakespeare Company. He has starred in many theatre productions, both on and off Broadway, including "K2" (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor), "Spoils of War" and "Comedians"...
“ as Glen Bateman, primary protagonist of 'The Stand' and member of the Boulder Free Zone Committee. Before the superflu epidemic, Glen was a sociology professor at a local community college in a small New Hampshire town. Glen and a German Shepherd named Kojak meet Stu Redman as he is leaving the Stovington Plague Center. The two throw in together and later meet Harold Lauder and Fran Goldsmith as they head West to Mother Abigail's Nebraska farm. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Harold Lauder, one of the primary antagonists of 'The Stand.' Along with Fran Goldsmith and her baby, he is the only survivor of the Superflu epidemic from his hometown. He meets up with Stu Redman and Co. on his way to Boulder and eventually goes from being shy and introverted to a legitimate leader of the Boulder Free Zone. Unfortunately for Harold, however, he harbors romantic feelings for Fran. When Fran becomes openly involved with Stuart Redman, Harold is very, very resentful. After reading Fran's diary, Harold is corrupted by Nadine Cross and Randall Flagg, and ends up betraying the Boulder Free Zone and killing Nick Andross via a remote controlled bomb. ” - Bill Burns
Walton Goggins
In the past few years, Walton Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His integral role as 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock in Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT, marks his second collaboration with the Academy Award-winning writer/director...
“ as Lloyd Henried, Randall Flagg's right hand man and one of the novel's main antagonists. At the beginning of 'The Stand' Lloyd embarks on a killing spree with his partner Poke Freeman. He is incarcerated in Arizona at the genesis of the Superflu epidemic and is freed from his cell by Randall Flagg in exchange for undying loyalty. ” - Bill Burns
Lena Headey
Actress, 300
Lena Headey is a British actress. She was born in Bermuda to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter John Headey, a police officer, and his wife Sue. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011-present) and The Brothers Grimm, Possession...
“ as Nadine Cross, one of the antagonists of 'The Stand.' Nadine is a troubled private school teacher from New Hampshire who survives the Superflu and begins to care for a young autistic boy named, Leo Rockway. The pair encounter Larry Underwood as he makes his way out of New York and the three travel to Boulder, Colorado. Along her journey, Nadine is seduced by Randall Flagg and deceived into betraying the members of the Boulder Free Zone. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Rita Blakemore, an initial survivor of the Superflu epidemic, she is met in Central Park by Larry Underwood several days after the first epidemic's last victims died. The two become a couple and attempt to venture out of New York into New Jersey. Rita is deeply depressed by the epidemic and eventually kills herself the night before the 4th of July. ” - Bill Burns
Karina Logue
Actress, Argo
She made her screen acting debut with a role in the film Liar in 1997. In 1998 she had roles in television feature A Bright Shining Lie and the series Brimstone. In 1999 she appeared in two episodes of The Practice. In 2001 she had roles in the series Strong Medicine and The Guardian, the television features Just Ask My Children and Stranger Inside and the film Cowboy Up...
“ as Susan Stern, survivor of the Superflu epidemic and founding member of the Boulder Free Zone Committee. Susan is among a harem of women, which includes Dayna Jurgens, that are kept as sex-slaves by a group of bandits. The pair are rescued by Stu Redman, Glen Bateman, Frannie, and Harold Lauder. ” - Bill Burns
Sarah Wayne Callies
Sarah Wayne Callies was born in La Grange, Illinois, and was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Valerie Wayne, an professor of English, and David E. Callies, a law professor. She graduated from Dartmouth College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Denver's National Theatre Conservatory...
“ as Dayna Jurgens, survivor of the Superflu epidemic and resident of the Boulder Free Zone. Dayna is a part of a harem of women kept as sex slaves that is saved by Stu Redman's party. Susan Stern later recruits her to travel west to Las Vegas and spy on Randall Flagg's community. ” - Bill Burns
Lucy Griffiths
Actress, Winter's Tale
Lucy Griffiths (10 October 1986) was born in Brighton, Griffiths was educated at Roedean School, Windlesham House School, Dorothy Stringer High School and Varndean College. She is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre. She first appeared on television in Sea of Souls and then Sugar Rush...
“ as Lucy Swann, Larry Underwood's companion and resident of the Boulder Free Zone. Lucy is 24-year-old housewife from New Hampshire who survives both her husband and daughter. Lucy meets up with Larry Underwood's party as she travels to the Stovington Plague Center. ” - Bill Burns
David Morse
David Morse, a 6' 4" tall blue-eyed blond who performed on stage for 10 years before breaking into film, became established as a respected supporting, character actor and second lead. He was born the first of four children of Charles, a sales manager, and Jacquelyn Morse, a schoolteacher, on October 11...
“ as Ralph Brentner, a U.S. Army veteran and survivor of the Superflu epidemic. Ralph meets up with Nick Andros and Tom Cullen in Oklahoma as they travel to Mother Abigail's farm. Ralph later becomes a member of the Boulder Free Zone Committee. ” - Bill Burns
Michael Shannon
Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theatre Center...
“ as Tom Cullen, a mentally handicapped man from May, Oklahoma who meets Nick Andros as he makes his way from Shoyo, Arkansas. Nick and Tom encounter Ralph Brentner in Oklahoma and the three travel to Mother Abigail's farm in Hemingford Home, Nebraska. After settling down in the Boulder Free Zone, Tom is hypnotized by Nick, Stu and Larry into traveling to Las Vegas and spying on Randall Flagg's operation. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Carla Goldsmith, Fran Goldsmith's difficult and overbearing mother. ” - Bill Burns
James Rebhorn
James Robert Rebhorn (September 1, 1948 - March 21, 2014) was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the current series White Collar and Homeland. An early performance was in Butterflies are Free at the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire in 1974...
“ as Peter Goldsmith, Fran Goldsmith's father. He dies during the Superflu epidemic. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Judge Farris, survivor of the Superflu epidemic and member of the Boulder Free Zone. Known around the community for his sharp wit and intellect, the Judge is recruited by the Free Zone Committee to spy on Randall Flagg in Las Vegas. ” - Bill Burns
Garret Dillahunt
Garret grew up in the state of Washington and attended the University of Washington where he studied journalism. He received his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He appeared on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he began pursuing film and television roles. He has two brothers: Brett, a teacher; and Eric, deceased.
“ as The Trashcan Man, a schizophrenic pyromaniac who survives the Superflu epidemic and is drawn to Randall Flagg, offering his life in service of the Dark Man. ” - Bill Burns
“ as Julie Lawry, an unstable, promiscuous young woman who survives the Superflu epidemic. She meets Nick Andros and Tom Cullen as the pair are headed to Mother Abigail's. After first sleeping with Nick, she teases and taunts the two for their respective deficiencies, and Nick threatens her into staying behind as they move on. She ends up in Las Vegas, under the command of Randall Flagg. ” - Bill Burns
“ as "The Kid." A sadistic young man from Shreveport, Louisiana who encounters and tortures the Trashcan Man as he makes his way to Las Vegas. The Trashcan Man is finally saved by Randall Flagg, who sends a pack of wolves to kill The Kid. ” - Bill Burns
Jim Beaver
Actor, Deadwood
Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood and Supernatural. Born in Laramie, Wyoming a minister's son, he was raised in and around Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Following high school and a year of college, he joined the Marines and served as a radioman with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam...
“ as Whitney Horgan, a survivor of the Superflu epidemic who climbs high in the ranks of Randall Flagg's cult in Las Vegas. Whitney realizes that Flagg's ways are evil and plans to flee Las Vegas for Central America. ” - Bill Burns
Jonathan Banks
Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays sinister types or villains. He can be seen in Better Call Saul as Mike Ehrmantraut.
“ as Barry Dorgan, a former detective with the Santa Monica Police Department, he survives the Superflu and becomes a member of Randall Flagg's police department. Barry at first accepts Randall Flagg believing that Flagg's society is the only way to retain a semblance of law and order. In the end he loses faith in Flagg and his cult like status. ” - Bill Burns
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian...
“ as "Ratty" Erwins, a hoodlum who adopts the affect of an Ethiopian pirate and dresses accordingly. He is considered among the strangest citizens of Randall Flagg's Las Vegas. ” - Bill Burns