The Stand: James Marsden may play the lead role in CBS All Access adaptation


From Sonic the Hedgehog to Dead to Me, James Marsden may now potentially be heading into the intriguing world of Stephen King’s classic, The Stand.

The Stand could be gaining a lead actor in the shape of James Marsden, who many of us know from basically just about anything but most notably and recently, Westworld and Dead to Me. Of course, he’ll soon be seen on-screen as Sonic the Hedgehog, but that’s a conversation for a whole other day, or perhaps next year when the film is released with the proper edits (ha).

And while we never know what to expect from Westworld or if Marsden will play a role in the next season, it does turn out that Marsden may now be considering playing a lead role for CBS All Access’ adaptation of Stephen King’s classicThe Stand, according to Deadline. I can see Marsden trying to play some cryptic, esoteric character, just like he did in Westworld season 2 when Teddy was rid of all of his emotions.

The Fault in Our Stars Josh Boone is going to be directing the nine episodes of The Stand that will premiere and be available for streaming on CBS All Access. And while you’re there, you can check out shows like The Good Fight (it’s so worth your time!), because who doesn’t want to see a law show that actually makes sense?

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In either case, if Marsden does land the lead role, his character would be part of a post-apocalyptic world in which a strain of influenza that was tweaked to be used as warfare gets out. As one can imagine, the release of this strain causes most of the world to die as it slowly begins to spread.

If Marsden does indeed get the role, then he would be playing the role of Stu Redman who was once in the military and is somehow immune to the virus that breaks out. Does Redman hold the key to sustaining life from this point out? Looks like we’ll have to tune into CBS All Access to find out when The Stand premieres (no date released as of yet).

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