Heather Graham has joined the ever-growing cast of CBS All Access’ sprawling adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. Graham will portray Rita Blakemoor, “a wealthy woman who is ill-prepared for the end of the world and attempts to escape superflu-infested New York City.”
Josh Boone is directing the ten-episode miniseries, based on the screenplay he co-wrote with Ben Cavell. King himself is providing a new ending, which will surprise even those that have read the novel.
The Stand is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
Alexander Skarsgård and Whoopi Goldberg head up the cast. Skarsgård portrays Randall Flagg, the Dark Man, while Goldberg will play Mother Abagail. The cast also includes: James Marsden as Stu Redman, a military man who is immune to the plague; Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, a follower of Randall Flagg; Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, a once-famous musician, and addict; Eion Bailey, as Teddy Weizak, a superflu survivor; Brad William Henke as Nick Andros’ mentally challenged companion, Tom Cullen; Hamish Linklater as Dr. Ellis, an infectious-disease specialist; Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, a small-town girl with a wild side; Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, a military operative tasked with protecting Stu Redman; Owen Teague as Frannie’s companion Harold Lauder, who develops an unhealthy protective relationship with her; Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, “a petty criminal who becomes fiercely loyal to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man”; Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant woman who realizes how evil Flagg really is; and Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, a young deaf and mute man. Rocker Marilyn Manson is working on music for the miniseries and will also be acting in an unknown role.
Graham was an “It Girl” in the ’90s, starring in such classics as ‘Swingers’, ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Scream 2’, ‘Lost in Space’, and ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’. She had the recurring role as Dr. Molly Clock on ‘Scrubs’. More recently, she appeared in ‘The Hangover III’, and had roles on TV series ‘Californication’, ‘Flaked’, ‘Law & Order: True Crime’, and ‘Angie Tribeca’.
‘The Stand’ is currently in production and is expected to arrive on CBS All Access next year. But the casting process is steadily continuing, so check back for any further updates.