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Now that Matthew McConaughey has an Oscar to his name, he’s likely to have his pick of big movie projects. One such project is the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s popular series, The Stand
. McConaughey is rumored
to be cast in the role of Randall Flagg, a supernatural villain who unleashes chaos after a deadly plague kills nearly the entire population.
The series will be adapted by Josh Boone, who was recently a guest on director Kevin Smith’s podcast, Hollywood Babble-On
. During the podcast, Boone revealed
that The Stand
will be broken up into four movies. Boone, who directed The Fault in Our Stars
, described the series as “the Godfather
of post-apocalyptic thrillers.”
According to King, the Randall Flagg character was based upon Donald DeFreeze, kidnapper of heiress Patty Hearst. Given Flagg’s description as a tall man clad in old blue jeans, a denim jacket, and cowboy boots, the role won’t be much of a departure from McConaughey’s own Texas-native style. An excerpt from The Stand
describes Randall Flagg:
There was a dark hilarity in his face, and perhaps in his heart, too, you would think—and you would be right. It was the face of a hatefully happy man, a face that radiated a horrible handsome warmth, a face to make water glasses shatter in the hands of tired truck-stop waitresses, to make small children crash their trikes into board fences and then run wailing to their mommies with stake-shaped splinters sticking out of their knees. It was a face guaranteed to make barroom arguments over batting averages turn bloody.
A television adaptation of the novel aired as a miniseries in 1994 in which Jamey Sheridan played Flagg.
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