After we heard the news back in August that Matthew McConaughey was being considered for the role of the demonic cowboy Randall Flagg in Warner Bros. movie adaptation of Stephen King’s epic 1200-page novel The Stand, director Josh Boone commented that nothing was official. However, now The Guardian are saying that it is pretty much a done deal, and we’re saying “alright-alright-alright (…that never gets old).
Boone stated that he’d always envisioned Christian Bale taking on the part of Randall Flagg, with McConaughey taking on the role of the main protagonist Stu Redman. Well The Guardian have confirmed that McConaughey – the Oscar winning actor – will be wreaking havoc among the cornfields, donning tattered blue jeans, denim jacket and a pair of old cowboy boots, to portray Randall Flagg in the movie.
It was also recently confirmed that Warner Bros. plan to turn the adaptation into four films as opposed to the one three-hour movie that was originally planned. Question is, are they going add extra meat to the original story? It certainly sounds like that will be the case after the announcement that actor Nat Wolff (The Faith In Our Stars), will play a character created specifically for the movie. That sounds a bit iffy to us.
However, in an interview with The Nerdist, John Boone spoke of his love for The Stand, and how it goes back to his childhood. He also mentioned that he is friends with “The King,” and spoke of the project enthusiastically, displaying a vast and deep knowledge of the source material. So that’s pretty reassuring.
What do you guys reckon… protagonist or antagonist? Anyone who has seen William Friedkin’s fantastic Killer Joe will know that McConaughey is more than capable of playing an absolute monster in and he won an Oscar for playing real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club.