The Stand: Casting the survivors in the upcoming mini-series


In The Stand, Captain Trips, a super flu, wipes out 99.94 percent of the population. That still leaves a lot of characters to cast.

There’s a storm comin’…

I’m not going to come up with an entire cast because as anyone who has read the Stephen King book knows, The Stand has a lot of characters. I’m only going to cover a few characters that are of more importance to the overall story. So, don’t fear the reaper, residents of Elm Street, because here we go.

Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower, courtesy of Sony

Matthew McConaughey as The Man In Black

Whether you loved or hated The Dark Tower, you have to admit McConaughey gave a very impressive performance as Stephen King’s most recurring villain. So I would like to see him continue his reign of terror in The Stand.

Phylicia Rashad in Creed, courtesy of Warner Bros.

Phylicia Rashad as Mother Abigail

The antithesis of The Man In Black, Mother Abigail. Phylicia Rashad obviously isn’t as old as Mother Abigail is supposed to be but what actress is? Add make up and she’d be a great Mother Abigail. If you’re having trouble seeing past her as Claire Huxtable, then just watch Creed.

Jane Levy in Don’t Breathe, courtesy of Screen Gems

Jane Levy as Frannie Goldsmith

The headstrong but fragile and pregnant Frannie Goldsmith is important to the story as she carries the hope for the future. Jane Levy has been seen in everything from TV sitcom Suburgatory to the underrated horror film Don’t Breathe. So she definitely has the range for this complex character.

Norman Reedus on The Walking Dead, courtesy of AMC

Norman Reedus as the rocker Larry Underwood

One of my personal favorite characters in the novel. Here is someone who had just made it big when the excrement hit the fan. He was going to be rich, but in this new world, money doesn’t matter. I was a fan of Norman Reedus long before The Walking Dead. He has very powerful performances in films like The Boondock Saints 1 & 2, and Deuces Wild.

Keanu Reeves as John Wick, courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Keanu Reeves as main male protagonist Stu Redman

Who would have ever thought back in the ’80s the guy who played one of the most popular not stoned-stoner style character would eventually become one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars? He’s also no stranger to horror with 2015’s Knock Knock. Keanu Reeves is perfect for the man of few words Stu Redman.

Next: Why The Stand should be a feature film, not a mini-series

So there you have it residents of Elm Street. I may do some more fantasy casting for The Stand at a later date. Keep your eyes peeled, and watch out for The Man In Black. There’s a storm comin’.