The knack for playing Stephen King villains must run in the Skarsgård family because Alexander Skarsgård (Mute) is taking the role of Randall Flagg in the upcoming adaptation of The Stand. His brother Bill Skarsgård (It: Chapter Two) is well known for his terrifying portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It (2017) so let’s hope that Alexander takes after his brother when it comes to bringing King villains to life.
The Stand was one of Stephen King’s first works and was published in 1978. The book follows several different characters in a post-apocalyptic world where a disease known as Captain Tripps has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the population. Many of these characters slowly find each other and are drawn to a 108-year-old woman by the name of Mother Abigail, who has been having dreams about a mysterious figure she calls the Dark Man, who we find out is Randall Flagg. He is considered by fans of Stephen King’s works to be one of, if not the, most evil villain the iconic writer has ever created. On top of that, Randall Flagg appears in many forms throughout the Stephen Kingaverse and even (according to the King canon) caused a car to hit King in real life back in 1999. Needless to say, Alexander Skårsgard has a lot of pressure on him with the role he has.
This is not the first time that The Stand has been adapted for the small screen. The first adaptation aired in 1994 and featured four episodes. The new adaptation will also be as a miniseries rather than a movie considering how long it is. This time, it will appear on the CBS All Access streaming service.
No more information about the new adaptation exist as far as production or release, but we know it will also feature Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Owen Teague (It), Jovan Adepo (Fences), Daniel Sunjata (One for the Money), Amber Heard (Aquaman), James Marsden (Hairspray), Odessa Young (The Tiger), and Henry Zaga (Thirteen Reasons Why).