Whoopi Goldberg Joins Stephen King Drama 'The Stand' at CBS All Access

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The Stand miniseries casts 5 more actors including Whoopi Goldberg

If society breaks down due to an apocalyptic flu bug, perhaps the best people to have at your side will be Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgard.

Whoopi Goldberg has officially been cast in The Stand at CBS All Access. Ruby Dee originated the character in the miniseries. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail (Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. She appears to other survivors in dreams and draws them to her house in Hemingford Home, Nebraska in order to gather them for the final confrontation with the evil forces of Randall Flagg, her dark counterpart. She also claims to be a prophet of God.

Adepo will play Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame, as well as illegal substances. He was played by Adam Storke in the 1994 limited series.

Teague will portray Harold Lauder. He was played in the previous miniseries by Corin Nemec.

Henke, who is best known as prison guard Desi Picatella on Orange Is the New Black, plays Tom Cullen, Nick Andros' (Zaga) traveling companion, who is developmentally disabled due to a bad fall as a child. Cullen was played by SpongeBob SquarePants veteran Bill Fagerbakke.

Meanwhile, Rescue Me and Graceland star Sunjata will play Cott, a member of the military tasked with supervising Stu Redman (Marsden) as the government searches for a cure during the outbreak of the superflu. He's a new character. All of the above join a cast which already includes the aforementioned James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga.

In Stephen King's novel, an epidemic wipes out most of humanity.

The 10 episode series from writers Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, The New Mutants) and Ben Cavell (SEAL Team), reveals that this is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

No premiere date has been set, but it's expected to premiere on CBS All Access in 2020.

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