Earlier today we were hit with the reveal that actor Ezra Miller is playing Trashcan Man in CBS All Access’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.
This update comes after months of speculation that shocker rocker Marilyn Manson was secretly taking over the role. But today we hear via showrunner Ben Cavill that the producers wanted Manson – but for a different character: The Kid.
Cavell tells EW: “We were talking to [Manson] early on about playing The Kid, who drives Trashcan Man to Vegas. We thought we were going to be able to restore the character of The Kid, but there really isn’t a lot of reason for The Kid to exist.”
For a little bit of history on this particular character, The Kid comes to us from King’s extended version of The Stand and wasn’t in Mick Garris’s 1994 miniseries.
So it looks like the showrunner wanted to include The Kid in this new version of The Stand. But during the writing process realized there wasn’t a reason for him in the story. So does that mean Manson has been excised from the series?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see… Stay tuned.
The Stand is an apocalyptic vision of the struggle between good and evil of a world decimated by plague. The fate of mankind rests on the shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied by a nefarious man with unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg.
This version stars James Marsden as Stu Redman, Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman, Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, and Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail. They’re joined by Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, Eion Bailey as Teddy Weizak, Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, Hamish Linklater as Dr. Ellis, and Luca Batista as Young Nick. Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg.
The Stand hits CBS All Access on December 17, 2020.
Are you excited?