Matthew McConaughey Also Taking on Stephen King


It turns out that Cary Fukunaga wasn’t the first to join a new Stephen King adaptation. Even though Fukunaga’s version of IT has been somewhat of a passion project for a number of years, it can be argued that Matthew McConaughey started the trend. The Guardian recently reported that McConaughey would star in a new adaptation of King’s sprawling post-apocalyptic epic, The Stand.

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It’s also his best novel, but that’s an argument for a different time.

McConaughey would be taking on the role of villain Randall Flagg in a supposed four-part film series. In case that sounds a tad excessive, it’s worth noting that The Stand comes in at over 1,000 pages and was previously adapted as a four-part miniseries in 1994.

Randall Flag is a major role, and one that Matthew McConaughey would be perfect for. If this were happening, say, three years ago, the thought of McConaughey as a major villain in a Stephen King adaptation would not be so well received. The McConaissance, however, continues to work it’s magic bolstered by McConaughey’s outstanding recent work in both Interstellar and True Detective.

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