Trailer Sheds Some Light On Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

Horror fans won’t have to wait until the Yule season to catch a glimpse of the small-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s classic 1978 novel The Stand.

A trailer for the limited nine-episode series–that debuts on CBS All Access Dec. 17–was dropped this week, giving King’s Constant Readers a sneak peek at the show, as reported by

The teaser trailer–which can be viewed below–opens a window onto the horror master’s vision of “a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil,” according to the official synopsis. In this beloved story, “the fate of mankind rests on the shoulders of 108-year-old Mother Abigail 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.”

The Stand, as reported here in Horror News Network, stars Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abigail and Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg. The rest of the ensemble cast includes James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Amber Heard, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Irene Bedard, Nat Wolff, Eion Bailey, Heather Graham, Katherine McNamara, Fiona Dourif, Natalie Martinez, Hamish Linklater, Daniel Sunjata and Greg Kinnear.

Benjamin Cavell serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Josh Boone (The New Mutants) acting as director and executive producer for the premiere and final episodes.

Cavell said the cast and crew are “honored to tell this sprawling, epic story–including a new coda that Stephen King has wanted to add for decades.” Sounds like the series will be worth watching just for the new ending.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on The Stand on CBS All Access.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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