Buckle up, horror fans, because the next big Stephen King mini series has just added a VERY interesting new cast member. Legendary shock rocker (and definitely not former Happy Days child star) Marilyn Manson is set for a role in the CBS All Access adaptation of The Stand.
That show was officially ordered back in January with Josh Boone in the directing chair and will tell the story of the aftermath of a flu pandemic that kills 99% of the world’s human population and the epic battle that follows between survivors led on one side by Mother Abigail and the other by Randall Flagg.
It's been adapted before by ABC back in 1994 with Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald but those names can't compete with the strangeness of Manson who joins the likes of James Marsden, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear and Whoopi Goldberg on the cast.
Speaking with Revolver, Manson confirmed the news as well as the reveal of a cover track he's contributing to the show:
Shooter and I also did a cover of "The End" by the Doors, for a new miniseries of The Stand by Stephen King, which I'm also going to be acting in.
Imagine if he was playing Randall Flagg!!! Or even Trashcan Man... He's basically very easily cut out for those more demonic roles and it's a brilliant opportunity for us to see him in a King adaptation. He's obviously got some acting experience, thanks to David Lynch's Lost Highway, Californication, Salem and Sons Of Anarchy, so this may not just be a minor role.
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