Tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards was where another plague was unleashed, only this time it springs from the mind of Stephen King.
CBS All Access debuted the first teaser for their series adaptation of King’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Stand, which follows a battle of good vs. evil in the aftermath of a pandemic that has wiped out most of humanity. Whoopi Goldberg leads the way as Mother Abigail, who helps lead a small group of survivors against the evils of The Dark Man, Randall Flagg, played by Alexander Skarsgard.
The 10-episode series is co-written by The New Mutants’ Josh Boone, who also directs the bookending episodes. The final episode will have a coda penned by King himself. Others in the cast includes James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Katherine McNamara, Nat Wolff, Greg Kinnear, Marilyn Manson, Heather Graham, Hamish Linklater, and Boone’s The New Mutants star Henry Zaga.
The Stand hits CBS All Access on December 17th.