Now an exciting casting rumour if ever there was one. Matthew McConughey, the multi talented acting powerhouse, whom I am liking more and more with each and every performance, is being eyed for a major role in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic story, The Stand.
McConaughey has been rising and rising as an actor for years, and his often gritty, daring and brave roles have secured him as one of the finest actors working in the world today. This year alone has seen a major boost in his skills and popularity with roles in Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street and the upcoming Christopher Nolan sci-fi Interstellar. For me though, it was his genius performance in HBO’s masterclass series, True Detective, that really showed the world exactly what levels of brilliance this man is capable of.
Now Deadline is reporting that director Josh Boone, who has taken on the mammoth task of bringing Stephen King’s The Stand to the big screen, is eyeing McConaguhey for the role of Randall Flagg.
This is a great choice of role for McConaughey, who has delved into his darker side on many occasion, but never enough to play an actual villain. I am very excited to see the results should he take the role, for Randall Flagg is a pretty sweet villain, and McConaughey has the skills and charm to really pull off something brilliant for the film.
Flagg is the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He was played in haunting fashion by Jamie Sheridan in the miniseries adaptation.
Flagg is a regular villain in King’s novels, as Wikipedia explains:
Randall Flagg is a fictional character created by Stephen King. Flagg has appeared in at least nine of King’s novels, sometimes as the primary antagonist and other times in a cameo appearance. He has a variety of names, usually initialed “R.F.” but with occasional exceptions, such as Walter o’Dim (originally envisioned by King as a separate character) in The Dark Tower series. Flagg is described as “an accomplished sorcerer and a devoted servant of the Outer Dark”, with supernatural abilities involving necromancy, prophecy, and influence over animal and human behavior. His goals typically center on bringing down civilizations through destruction and conflict.
Boone spoke earlier this year about his version of The Stand:
“We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board. Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life. If 12-year-old me had ever known that one day I’d be doing this, to even just go back and look at that kid, I’d be like, Keep doing what you’re doing!
It’s just crazy. I’ve met so many actors over the years, and like, when I met Stephen King, I hugged him with tears in my eyes. He meant that much to me when I was young. I still say everything I learned about writing I learned from Stephen King. I don’t read screenplays. I don’t read screenplay how-to books. It’s always just, establish the character. Establish the character”
“The Stand” chronicles an epic battle between good and evil after the American population is all but wiped out by a deadly virus. Story follows a group of survivors who fight against an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.
Originally published in 1978, “The Stand” achieved cult-like status by the time it was re-released in 1990 with additions and revisions by King. The influential novel was adapted as a star-studded TV miniseries in 1994 starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe.
Synopsis for the TV movie:
When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped-out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each.