EW has finally released the first look photos and details on the character that Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fantastic Beasts) will be playing in the upcoming CBS All Access limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Stand. There was some speculation over which character Miller would take on, but now we know he will play Trashcan Man, a pivotal character from King’s 1978 novel.
The Stand is about a global pandemic that kills more than 99 percent of the population, leaving two groups of survivors to battle for the soul of America. “Trash is an unstable pyromaniac who joins a group of survivors in ‘New Vegas’ led by the demonic Randall Flagg,” played by Alexander Skarsgard.
The Stand showrunner Benjamin Cavell said of Miller in the role:
“It’s so different from any way that anyone has seen Erza before, and he’s so committed to it. He’s a huge fan of the book and had fallen in love with this character and wanted to play it for a long time. On our first call, he described Trash as ‘the embodiment of pyromania.’ The only thing this guy was capable of, and the only area in life he was comfortable, were with the explosives and instruments of fire and destruction. He wears basically no clothes except for his extensive tactical gear,” Cavell adds. “So he just kind of in underwear and combat boots … the character has to be right on the edge of over-the-top. But no matter how strangely he’s behaving there’s always this Ezra Miller soul as a twinkle coming through. I can’t say enough about how brilliant he is in it.”
Miller described the character of Trashcan Man as “the underestimated and misinterpreted amongst us,” and the costume was imagined by Miller, who said:
“‘Fireproof underwear’ were two of the first words out of my mouth in the first conceptual meeting. I was very interested in working directly with the wardrobe department in creating a look based entirely on the practical demands of the characters pyromania. Trash wears nothing but what is necessary to craft incendiaries, ignite them, and get as close to the flames as possible — in order to revel in the fire.”
Miller is a great actor, and it seems that he is extremely dedicated to the role. He is joined in the cast by Whoopi Goldberg, playing Mother Abagail, James Marsden as Texas everyman Stu Redman, Odessa Young as the heroic Frannie Goldsmith, Jovan Adepo as troubled musician Larry Underwood, Amber Heard as the mysterious Nadine Cross, Owen Teague as the toxic incel Harold Lauder, Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Irene Bedard as Ray Bretner, Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, Eion Bailey as Weizak, Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, Fiona Dourif as Rat Woman, Natalie Martinez as Dayna Jurgens, Hamish Linklater as Dr. Jim Ellis, Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, and Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman.
Check out the photos above and below, and watch The Stand on CBS All Access on Thursday, December 17th.