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Watch The Stand's new trailer, where an apocalyptic plague heralds the world's end

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miniseries The Stand seeks to answer. Based on the 1978 Stephen King novel,  takes place when humanity is almost completely killed off by a deadly virus -- a story that feels . (Editor's note: CBS All Access is a part of ViacomCBS, which also owns CNET.) 

In The Stand most of the world's population dies from weaponized influenza known as , and society breaks down. A supernatural evil being called Randall FlaggBắn cá koi encourages violence and destruction, while 108-year-old Mother Abagail leads a small group of good folks against him. 

The , which debuted Friday at New York Comic Con, shows actor  as Randall Flagg, who will stop at nothing to make sure evil reigns. Actor  plays the voice of hope: Mother Abagail

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Bắn cá koiActor Whoopi Goldberg plays Mother Abagail in The Stand.

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"The world is now a blank page, make your stand," Mother Abagail says.  

The trailer shows a variety of characters who will bond or fight one another.  plays Stu Redman,  is the heroic Frannie Goldsmith,  is the mysterious Nadine Cross,  is the dangerous incel Harold Lauder, and  is troubled musician Larry Underwood.

Bắn cá koiThis is a world full of desolate roads littered with abandoned cars, dead bodies and despair. But one very important road leads the survivors to the Boulder Free Zone, where people guided by Mother Abagail come together to help rebuild society. "All I know is we dreamed of her and she was real," Redman says in the trailer.

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Bắn cá koiPoster for The Stand.

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Other  include  (),  (Orange Is the New Black) and  ().

The Stand series also includes a new coda written by King himself, . The Stand premieres on CBS All Access on Dec.17. Episodes of the nine-part miniseries will air weekly.