It’s been about eight months since the announcement that CBS All Access would make a new miniseries version of The Stand, Stephen King’s epic post-apocalyptic horror novel. Since then, the cast has begun to come together, with King himself announcing several new actors today during an appearance on The View. According to Collider, the biggest addition to the cast to date is someone he didn’t mention: Alexander Skarsgard, who they report will play The Stand’s Big Bad, Randall Flagg, AKA The Man in Black. (As you can see in the photo above, Skarsgard is so Method about these kinds of things that he’s already dressing the part for several months to help prepare for the role.)

More details on the cast:

James Marsden (Stu Redman), Amber Heard (Nadine Cross), Odessa Young (Frannie Goldsmith), and Henry Zaga (Nick Andros)) have already been confirmed to star in the 10-episode adaptation of King’s apocalyptic epic, while The View host Whoopi Goldberg confirmed Collider’s earlier scoop that she will play Mother Abagail.

The Stand was first adapted to television in 1994, directed by Mick Garris as a four-part minseries on ABC starring Gary SInise, Molly Ringwald, and Jamey Sheridan as Flagg. CBS All Access’ version will run for 10 episodes directed by The Fault in Our Stars’ Josh Boone. King wrote the screenplay for the finale, featuring a new scene that wasn’t featured in the novel. Although he sometimes goes by different names, the Flagg character has recurred through many King novels, including The Dark Tower; he was played by Matthew McConaughey in the recent film version. Hopefully, the role works out better for Skarsgard.

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