CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ is shaping up with one of the most… unique casts around. James Marsden will portray the lead, Stu Redman, with Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard, and Greg Kinnear also part of the ensemble. Now comes word that rocker Marilyn Manson has been cast and will contribute to the soundtrack.
In an interview with music site Revolver, Manson said:
“Shooter [Jennings] and I also did a cover of ‘The End’ by the Doors, for a new miniseries of The Stand by Stephen King, which I’m also going to be acting in.”
He didn’t go into further detail, but /Film speculates that he could be playing the Trashcan Man, Donald Elbert, a pyromaniac, or professional musician Larry Underwood, whom King modeled on Bruce Springsteen.
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While Manson’s style couldn’t be further from Springsteen’s, The Boss recently released a country-flavored album ‘Western Stars’, and Manson is doing the same, with his upcoming as-yet-untitled album, a collaboration with alt-country artist Jennings, with whom Manson recorded the David Bowie cover ‘Cat People’.
Josh Boone (‘The Fault in Our Stars’, ‘New Mutants’) is directing the ten-hour adaptation of ‘The Stand’.
King previously expressed:
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform. The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”
Manson has dabbled in acting, having portrayed Ron Tully in the 2014 season of ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Thomas Dinley on WGN’s ‘Salem’, and the upcoming season of HBO’s ‘The New Pope’.
His music has been used in countless television and film projects, and his cover of Gerard McMann’s ‘Cry Little Sister’ will be used in Boone’s upcoming X-Men-based movie ‘The New Mutants’.
Stay tuned for updates on ‘The Stand’ as they are released. What do you think of Marilyn Manson appearing?