Josh Boone’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand is reportedly now eyeing the cast.

The Stand takes place in a post-apocalyptic world triggered by the breakdown of society following the release of a biological weapon. The weapon is a virulent strain of influenza that decimates the population. 

Collider has learned that James Marsden (Westworld, X-Men), Amber Heard (Aquaman, Drive Angry), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, The Color Purple), Greg Kinnear, Odessa Young, Henry Zaga (The New Mutants) are currently in negotiations to take various lead roles in the CBS All-Access streaming series.

CBS All Access could not confirm any casting at this time, but here’s what we’ve heard about the ensemble so far from multiple agency sources.

James Marsden (Westworld) is in advanced negotiations to play Stu Redman, a Texan who is the first man discovered to be immune to the Captain Trips virus that has ravaged the planet.

Amber Heard (Aquaman) is in negotiations to play Nadine Cross, a private school teacher and virgin who believes she has a unique destiny to be by Flagg’s side. 

Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is in negotiations to play Mother Abagail, who is immune to the superflu and leads the ‘good’ survivors of the plague toward Boulder, Colorado.

Oscar winner Greg Kinnear is in negotiations to play Glen Bateman, an arthritis-afflicted professor who joins Stu on his journey to meet Mother Abagail. 

Rising star Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) is in advanced negotiations to play Frannie Goldsmith.

Up-and-coming actor Henry Zaga (The New Mutants) is all but set to play Nick Andros.

Stephen King adaptations are extremely hot right now with Warner Bros. releasing IT: Chapter 2 and Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining) in the fall, which might give Warner Bros. some serious box office returns.

Josh Boone still has reshoots for The New Mutants on his plate as that film is set to be released on April 3rd, 2020.


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I would be more than happy to see Amber Heard more on the screen. She is a quite underrated actress that had some brillant roles already (The Danish Girl, 3 Days to Kill). And her Mera was exceptional.