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Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Gaining a “True Detective”?

Matthew McConaughey

Could one of the new great actors of our time be joining Stephen King’s epic battle of good vs. evil?

According to Deadline, Matthew McConaughey, who heads into the weekend as a favorite to win an Emmy for HBO’s “True Detective”, is coveted by Warner Bros. to play the role of Randall Flagg in The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece novel that Josh Boone will direct!

Flagg is the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He was played in haunting fashion by Jamie Sheridan in the miniseries adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that King used him in several of his works including “The Stand.”

The site clarifies this is not even close to a done deal, which sounds more like someone caught wind of a “wish list”. I will dream about it tonight… a lot.

McConaughey, who once was ashamed of his role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is on a tear after his role in Dallas Buyers Club. He’ll next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.



  • NO

    • This-is-Beetle

      So I take it that you haven’t seen TD. Give it a chance. This country boy stole the show.

  • J Jett

    is it a bad sign that there’s been almost (except for i think 1 official still from the flick) no news/updates on the Cusack/Samuel Jackson film version of King’s “CELL”?

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    Yes. Let’s see this talent in a proper horror film.

  • John

    A 3 hour movie won’t do this 1100 page book justice. Too much content will be lost. Needs to be a trilogy or an HBO miniseries

  • Anthony Gulino

    McConaughey’s name will add some weight to the project and that itself will attract better talent to the film.. Yeah he’s had his share of bad romcoms but MM has been more than solid in his dramatic roles “Frailty” one of my fav all time roles and as of late his run on True Detective was stellar… This is all good news..

    • Cameron

      I love Frailty, it’s a very underrated movie, and he was fantastic in it. I know he gets a lot of attention now, “the McConaissance” is a cute name but he was always a good actor, just lost his path for a bit. I really like this rumor, I hope he will come back to horror.

  • brewers_rule

    So, are we going to get some evil, torture scene where Flagg utters the inevitable “Alright, alright, alright?!”

  • Evan3

    This would be intriguing, but remember, True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga is directing Stephen King’s It. How much cooler would it be if he reunited with him so that he could utter the line “We all float down here” in his sinister southern drawl?

  • James Daniel Massey

    This should be interesting. I’m okay with having an A-cast on this film but I’d rather see an unknown actor play Flag.

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