Matthew McConaughey Secures Leading Role In 4 Movie Adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand
The 4 movie adaptation of Stephen King's post apocalyptic epic, The Stand, just secured an Oscar winning leading man in the form of Interstellar and Dallas Buyers Club actor, Matthew McConaughey. Josh Boone, the director in charge of the ambitious adaptation had previously stated that he wanted to load the movies with big name stars, and it appears that he's following through on his promise by securing arguably the hottest name in Hollywood right now.
At 1200 pages long, King's book introduces dozens of prominent characters in locations spanning the entirety of a post-apocalyptic USA. There are conflicting reports right now as to just who McConaughey will be playing, but after many believed he would be jumping into the role of protagonist Stu Redman, a number of sources are reporting that Boone has secured the actor's talents to play the book's Satanic antagonist, Randall Flagg. The prospect of Flagg being played by a man like McConaughey is certainly one that will have fans of The Stand excited, and rightly so, because McConaughey's talent and charisma would lend themselves perfectly to this challenging role.
The Stand marks the first appearance of Flagg, a character who Stephen King would go on to bring back in a number of subsequent stories. Flagg is an evil being who possesses supernatural powers and a penchant for inflicting pain by any means necessary. When society breaks down following the release of a weaponized strain of the Flu, Flagg and his followers set up a new community in the ruins of Las Vegas. The titular 'Stand' comes when a peaceful and democratic community, known as The Free Zone, rises up against Flagg's powerful and tyrannical reign.
There's not much news on which other actors are being courted for the other roles in the series, but the signing of McConaughey puts to an end months of courtship and lays down a serious marker for Boone and Warner Bros' intentions.