It seems that there are a number of people on this board with dissenting opinions regarding the original made for television version of The Stand.
It would seem that while some people absolutely hated it and others think it is wonderful, most of us are somewhere in between and find that it had many good qualities, but overall left us wanting more.
As someone who just recently read The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition and then promptly plowed through the graphic novel and the miniseries, I can't help but feel let down with the miniseries.
The casting didn't do it for me and the poor production values coupled with the early-90s look and feel of the movie just don't hold up over time. The entire thing is harder to watch (visually and in regards to some of the individual performances) than an average television drama.
If nothing else, a rebooted miniseries would great. Personally, I stick to the claim that if they're not going to do a multi-movie type thing (ie: Lord or the Rings, Harry Potter, etc...) they'd be best getting someone like HBO to cast a full season (20+ episodes) with a dynamite crew and big-time production values.
Odds are nothing will happen with The Stand for years, especially since The Dark Tower appears to be King's focus for the time being and is undoubtedly his hottest commodity.
That thought not withstanding, I thought it'd be fun to compare notes with y'all regarding a re-casting of The Stand.
Obviously we've got to assume there are some budget restraints so putting Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, etc...etc...in all the major roles is a bit of a stretch.
As such here's my quick thoughts on who I'd cast. I left out some characters, but hit most of the major ones (I think, lemme know if I missed one and I'll gladly remedy my error).
Most of my decisions were based on the following criteria:
1) Acting ability - I'll take talented actors over big-name actors any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
2) Do they look the part - Molly Ringwald looked NOTHING like the Fran Goldsmith the book portrayed and I've tried to remedy that by picking actors who remind me of the characters they'll be playing.
3) Budget/Reality - Like I said, I can't imagine a ton of big-time stars would sign on for a project of this magnitude, so I tried to keep it pretty realistic in that regard.
With no further ado...here is my re-casting of The Stand, I can't wait to read all of yours.
Stu Redman: Sam Rockwell
Frannie Goldsmith: Evan Rachel Wood
Nick Andros: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Tom Cullen: Ethan Suplee
Larry Underwood: Joshua Jackson
Mother Abigail: Alfre Woodard
Lucy Swan: Madeline Zima
Judge Farris: Robert Duvall
Glen Bateman: Dennis Quad
Ralph Branter: Jeff Bridges
Dayna Jurgens: Shawnee Smith
Susan Stern: Zooey Deschanel
Randall Flagg: Timothy Olyphant
Lloyd Henreid: Will Patton
Harold Lauder: Paul Dano
Nadine Cross: Rebecca Gayheart
Trashcan Man: Jackie Earle Haley
Julie Lawry: AnnaLynne McCord
General Starkey: Chris Cooper
Charles Campion: Clancy Brown