Grab your mask, Captain Trips is on the way. Tonight, CBS All Access dropped the first teaser trailer for Josh Boone’s highly anticipated miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand ahead of its December 17th premiere.
It’s only 30 seconds, but oh baby is there a ton to unpack for Constant Readers. What starts with our first footage of Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abigail ends with a quick reveal of Alexander Skarsgard in action as Randall Flagg.
In between are a number of iconic scenes pulled straight outta the book, from dreams in Hemingford Home, Nebraska to Stu Redman’s harrowing internment at Stovington to Larry and Rita’s post-apocalyptic walk through New York City.
Catch it all below.
Published in 1978 and updated in 1990, the 1,200 page tome takes place in a world ravaged by an unstoppable plague, where the survivors are caught in a struggle between good and evil. There are those who follow the prophetic wisdom of 108-year-old Mother Abagail, and there are those who follow the lead of the eternally evil Randall Flagg.
As previously reported, the miniseries is a star-studded affair for CBS All Access, specifically Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abigail, Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg, Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, James Marsden as Stu Redman, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman, and Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor.
The nine-episode series will drop weekly as opposed to all at once as CBS All Access recently did with The Twilight Zone. In fact, King himself penned the final episode that takes place after the novel’s ending.
“The last episode Stephen King wrote, so we had sort of an hour of original material by Stephen King that was a story set after The Stand,” Boone told Screen Rant. “There was a story that he’d always wanted to tell.”