‘The Stand': Whoopi Goldberg to Play Mother Abagail on CBS All Access’ Stephen King Adaptation

  • The Wrap
CBS All Access has found Mother Abagail for its upcoming adaption of Stephen King’s “The Stand,” revealing during “The View” on Wednesday that Whoopi Goldberg will play the role.

Mother Abagail is a 108-year old prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superflu, a plague that decimates the world’s population. Along with Goldberg, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke and Daniel Sunjata have also joined the series. Previously announced cast members include James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga.

The Stand” is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
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