Casting Call
6 Actors For Stephen King's The Stand

Firefilm | 24 Feb 2016 15:00
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In this series, we speculate on what actors would be the perfect choice to play an upcoming character, or what type of character a particular actor is best suited for. Feel free to unilaterally agree with all our picks voice your opinion in the comments!

Against all odds, the Hulu-produced miniseries of Stephen King's 11/22/63 is a big hit, and it's actually really damn good. For King fans, this might be the kick in the pants that studios need to finally get their butts in gear and start production on that The Dark Tower project and the long-mooted proper adaptation of The Stand. Probably not, though. The director who was committed to making The Stand into a possible trilogy of big budget films has decided instead to wander off and make a different (re: newer and smaller and less good) Stephen King story into a movie.

And before he put on the Dark Knight tights, Ben Affleck was rumored to be hovering around King's real world take on Tolkien-esque fantasy epics. A giant trilogy of films with a proper budget and the pacing and visual style of Argo would be so welcome by moviegoers. Maybe we'll get it if that whole superhero gig turns out as well as his last.

But who should play some of the bigger characters in the monumental cast of heroes and villains dotting The Stand's post-apocalyptic landscape? Certainly not Molly Ringwald and the rest of the cast from ABC's 1994 miniseries, that's for sure.

Casey Affleck

1. Casey Affleck as Stu Redman

Stu is a strong, stoic country guy. He drinks domestic beer, he glowers at out-of-towners, and he is witness to the initial breakout of "Captain Tripps," the super-flu that destroys the world. He's also the very first recorded instance of immunity. Through the course of the book, he is a protector, a leader, and a grounded voice of reason among the sometimes-hysterical survivors in Boulder, Colorado.

Casey Affleck has outshined his older brother as an actor. And I think even Ben would agree with that. As the titular coward in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, he somehow earns genuine sympathy and disgust as a rotten but intelligent boy living in the shadow of his hero. Even in the crowded cast of Interstellar, Affleck shows a natural gravitas as Tom, the son left forgotten to futile farming and famine who takes pride in his work out of a lifelong spite. And that was with barely any dialogue and only a couple of scenes. He'd be amazing as Stu watching the world collapse from inside a sealed cell at the CDC, and he's just the man who would command respect from his fellow survivors.

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