Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Trailer Premiere and Everything We Know About the Limited Series

The Stand, based on Stephen King’s popular novel, is coming to CBS All Access. The teaser trailer dropped and gave fans a first look at the limited series.

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‘The Stand’ imagines a post-apocalyptic era

When it comes to King’s novels, The Stand is one of the most talked about in fan circles. In the story, earth has been ravaged by a deadly pandemic that killed most of the world’s population. And in the aftermath, the survivors divide into two distinct groups, leading to conflict and juicy drama.

The teaser trailer paints a picture of a bleak world

“My name is Abagail Freemantle,” says Whoopi Goldberg in character during the opening scene of the trailer. “You come see me at Hemingford Home.” Goldberg portrays 108-year-old Mother Abagail in The Stand. The production crew did well to use the star power of Goldberg to kick off the teaser.

The preview succeeds in painting a picture of a post-apocalyptic world with individuals searching rural and city landscapes for other survivors. Viewers also get a few glimpses of the illness, violence, and strife that are synonymous with The Stand. The promotion culminates with the chilling moment when wise Mother Abagail stares into the eyes of a mighty white wolf.

The first look at The Stand shows off the beautifully produced footage and sets the grim mood with music. The musical backdrop is a haunting cover version of “Ready or Not (Here I Come),” a hit song from The Fugees, who borrowed the hook from the ‘60s R&B band, The Delfonics. The song choice is brilliant, and when coupled with scenes from The Stand, it really pumps up the creepiness.

The CBS All Access version of ‘The Stand’ is a remake

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The forthcoming CBS All Access limited series is not the first adaptation of King’s book. The Stand was adapted into an ABC mini-series in 1994. The cast included various A-listers, including Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and Rob Lowe. At the time, critics and fans gave The Stand a warm reception. The series boasts 70% on the Tomatometer and a 65% Average Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The remake of the series features an all-star cast

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Like the previous version of The Stand, the CBS All Access remake boasts winning talent, including Goldberg, James Marsden, Amber Heard, Daniel Sunjata, and others. Josh Boone, who directed the eagerly anticipated film, The New Mutants, is credited as the director of all nine episodes of The Stand. He also co-created the limited series, alongside Benjamin Cavell.

‘The Stand’ will premiere in December of 2020

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In an Instagram post, Goldberg announced the premiere date of The Stand. In the caption, she wrote, “I think many have been waiting for this information, so here it is. The Stand airs December 17th on CBS All Access.”

Until then, fans can catch Goldberg in her main gig as the moderator on The View, weekdays on ABC.

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