James Marsden on new adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By | December 15, 2020
James Marsden on new adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

James Marsden on new adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

James Marsden stars within the newest adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand” as Stu, an everyman who’s caught in an apocalyptic pandemic.

Premiering Thursday, Dec. 17 on CBS All Entry and primarily based on King’s novel first printed in 1978, “The Stand” follows a big solid of characters whose lives intersect after a lethal pressure of flu wipes out a lot of the world’s inhabitants — leaving the survivors to combat and set up new social methods. It was beforehand tailored for a 1994 ABC miniseries starring Gary Sinise as Stu.

“I really like that it isn’t nearly survival,” Marsden, 47, tells The Publish. “It turns into this existential and non secular journey. What occurs after we hit the reset button? Who will we develop into and what selections will we make? I like exploring all these themes.

“And to do it on this firm and in one among Stephen King’s best works — rely me in.”

Along with the kindhearted Texan Stu, “The Stand” consists of sininister villain Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard); mysterious prophet Mom Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), who’s 108-years-old; and troubled Nadine Cross (Amber Heard).

James Marsden
James Marsden
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“I learn the ebook after I was 19 or 20,” says Marsden. “It was not a simple learn; it was dense however wealthy with character and philosophies. I feel it’s one among [King’s] very best. I re-read it coming into this simply to re-familiarize myself.

“Stu is form of written as this cowboy who makes everybody really feel calm and gives a way of stability to every little thing,” he says. “He’s very levelheaded [and] form of a pure chief even when he doesn’t need the highlight or the microphone, per se.”

Marsden isn’t any stranger to enjoying a good-guy varieties. He’s identified for all kinds of roles throughout genres, from sci-fi epics (“Westworld”) to big-screen musicals (“Enchanted,” “Hairspray”) to superhero fare (the “X-Males” franchise). However lots of his characters are grounded in morality — and that’s the place his pursuits lie, he says.

“[Stu] jogged my memory of a few of these traditional golden age Hollywood heroes. Your Gary Coopers and your Gregory Pecks,” he says. “These males that, even within the face of adversity and with the world crashing down round them – when it’s actually tough to do the suitable factor, they nonetheless do. And generally that may be boring and never very flashy or enjoyable, however I wish to have a good time these sorts of characters. Good guys generally don’t get their due.”

James Marsden
James Marsden
CBS

“The Stand” is an uncanny instance of life imitating artwork, as a fictional pandemic present popping out amidst the COVID pandemic. Capturing on the collection wrapped in mid-March shortly earlier than the primary spherical of industry-wide shutdowns.

“On the time, even earlier than COVID hit, we by no means thought we had been making a present a few pandemic. We understood that to be the catalyst; the placing of the match that lights the fuse for the larger story to be advised,” Marsden says. “The story is about what occurs when there’s a reset. How will we rebuild society and the rising battle between good and evil and the alternatives that we make in our lives transferring ahead?

“That mentioned, it’s not possible to disregard parallels,” he says. “In February and March, we began seeing masks popping up on set and everyone was taking a look at one another like, ‘How frightened ought to we be — and the way unusual is it that we’re doing a present that begins with one thing like this?’

“It was an odd feeling for certain.”

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