For well over a year, rumours have been flying that legendary goth rocker Marilyn Manson would be part of CBS All Access’s limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, possibly playing the role of the Trashcan Man (who will actually be played by Ezra Miller) or The Kid. Alas, director Josh Boone has confirmed that Manson is not involved in the show in any capacity.
“Just to clarify, Marilyn Manson and I had long-discussed him taking on the role of The Kid in The Stand,” Boone recently told Entertainment Weekly. “He and the great Shooter Jennings even recorded a killer cover of The Doors song, ‘The End,’ that ultimately proved too expensive to use. The show was made on a very tight budget and some of the dreams we had went to the wayside. The Kid was another casualty. When Manson wasn’t able to make it work schedule-wise, the storyline was ultimately excised and never shot, which is for the best, as no one could have slayed that role like Manson would have. Hope to work with him in the future.”
While we’re disappointed to hear that Manson never made it into the show, The Stand still features a stellar cast, including Alexander Skarsgård, Whoopi Goldberg, Jovan Adepo, James Marsden, Heather Graham, and Greg Kinnear. The post-apocalyptic series, which sees a deadly super flu killing 99.4% of the world’s population, premieres on December 17th.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)