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The Stand Casts Whoopi Goldberg to Play an Iconic Stephen King Character

Jovan Adepo and Daniel Sunjata are also joining the CBS All Access limited series

Liam Mathews

Whoopi Goldberg is heading to Hemingford Home. The EGOT winner will star in CBS All Access' upcoming limited series adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel The Stand as Mother Abagail, the leader of the good survivors of the Captain Trips plague. Goldberg and King made the announcement during the author's appearance on Goldberg's talk show The View on Wednesday.

Goldberg will take on the role played by Ruby Dee in the 1994 The Standminiseries. In the novel, Mother Abagail is a 108-year-old daughter of freed slaves who has psychic powers. She appears to other survivors in dreams and draws them to her house in Hemingford Home, Nebraska in order to gather them for the final confrontation with the evil forces of Randall Flagg, her dark counterpart. She also has the power of prophecy.

Several other cast members were also announced on Wednesday. When They See Us' Jovan Adepo will play Larry Underwood, a drug-addicted musician who grows from a "taker" to a "giver" over the course of the novel. He was played by Adam Storke in the 1994 limited series.

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Owen Teague will take on another role as a troubled teen in a Stephen King adaptation; the IT actor will play Harold Lauder, a plague survivor who finds himself caught between who he was and who he can be. He was played in the previous miniseries by Corin Nemec.

Orange Is the New Black's Brad William Henke will play Tom Cullen, a simple man with powerful psychic abilities. Bill Fagerbakke played him in the 1994 miniseries.

And Rescue Me's Daniel Sunjata will play Cobb, a member of the military tasked with supervising Stu Redman (James Marsden), the first person known to be immune to the superflu, as the government searches for a cure during the outbreak of the plague. He's a new character.

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They're joining previously announced cast members Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, and Henry Zaga. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell are writing and producing the miniseries, with Boone directing. Stephen King will also write "a new coda" for the project that he's been thinking about for 30 years.

No premiere date has been set, but it's expected to premiere on CBS All Access in 2020.

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