The series' versions of good and evil take center stage in the new trailer and key art released during The Stand's New York Comic Con panel Friday. The first of nine episodes will premiere December 17 and drop weekly on Thursdays.
"The world is now a blank page," 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) says to bookend the preview and encourages, "make your stand." She's on one side of the struggle between good and evil in a world that has been decimated by plague, and the fate of mankind rests on the shoulders of her and a handful of survivors. On the other side is Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), a.k.a. the Dark Man, who embodies everyone's worst nightmares with his "lethal smile and unspeakable powers" — and a seemingly normal smiley face on his jacket?
But the Dark Man is out there. "Mostly I just see his wolf," Stu says, and he's not the only one. Others, including Mother Abagail, do, too. Watch the trailer below to see more from the ensemble cast, the battle between good and evil, and the Dark Man.
The cast of The Stand, which will end with a new coda by King, also includes Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Irene Bedard as Ray Bretner, Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, Eion Bailey as Weizak, Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, Fiona Dourif as Ratwoman, Natalie Martinez as Dayna Jurgens, Hamish Linklater as Dr. Jim Ellis, Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, and Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman.
Benjamin Cavell serves as showrunner. Joining him as executive producers are Taylor Elmore, Will Weiske, Jimmy Miller, Roy Lee, and Richard P. Rubinstein. Josh Boone is the director and an executive producer for the series premiere and finale. Jake Braver, Jill Killington, Owen King, Knate Lee, and Stephen Welke are producers.