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Heather Graham joins The Stand

The role of Rita Blakemoor has been filled.

Heather Graham, known for her roles in Californication, The Hangover Part III, Twin Peaks and Boogie Nights will play a wealthy woman who escapes New York City when the super-flu takes its toll in the CBS All Access production.

In the original television series the character was edited out of the story.

Graham joins cast members James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, Hamish Linklater, Alexander Skarsgård and Whoopi Goldberg.

The Stand is Stephen 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 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.

“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” said Stephen King. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”

King himself is writing a new ending coda for the new series.

Top Photo: Kevin Dillon and Heather Graham in Compulsion. Courtesy: Dimension Films.

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