As CBS’ upcoming take on Stephen King’s The Stand continues to yet even more new faces to its ranks, now comes word that Heather Graham has joined the series.
Via Deadline, the Boogie Nights actress has signed on to play Rita Blakemoor in the show. That character is pegged as “a wealthy woman who is ill prepared for the end of the world and attempts to escape superflu-infested New York City.”
Graham joins a huge ensemble cast that includes the likes of James Marsden, Amber Heard, Alexander Skarsgard, Greg Kinnear, Nat Wolff, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The early word on this latest adaptation of The Stand reads:
The series will bring to life King’s vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
The Fault in Our Stars’ Josh Boone and SEAL Team’s Ben Cavell are on writing duties for the ten-episode take on King’s 1978 novel.
The Stand, of course, was previously given the TV treatment back in 1994. Then, Mick Garris helmed a miniseries that clocked in at just over the six-hour mark in total, with names such as Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Miguel Ferrer, and Ossie Davis starring.
For those not familiar with the written world of The Stand, the loose plot centres on a decimated post-apocalyptic world in which a deadly plague has wiped out a huge chunk of the population. Two rival groups form, with the vastly differing views of the leaders of these groups putting both sides on a collision course as good battles evil.
Production on The Stand is currently underway in Vancouver, with the show to land on CBS All Access next year.