Marilyn Manson Says He’ll Appear in TV Adaptation Of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’


Marilyn Manson might be coming to a small screen near you. The 50 year-old shock rocker told Revolver magazine that he has landed a recurring role in the upcoming CBS All Access adaptation of Stephen King's 1978 post-apocalyptic horror fantasy novel The Stand, which details the aftermath of a global pandemic that wipes out nearly all human life on Earth.

"Shooter [Jennings] and I also did a cover of 'The End' by the Doors, for a new miniseries of The Stand by Stephen King, which I'm also going to be acting in," Manson said of the country singer/producer who is working on the rocker's upcoming follow-up to 2017's Heaven Upside Down. "I think that sort of kick-started our process for the album, and started us exploring different things." 

No official cast has been announced for the series and Manson did not specify what role he would play; spokespeople for Manson and CBS had not returned requests for comment at press time. 

Manson and Jennings previously teamed up for a 2016 cover of David Bowie's "Cat People," and Manson described the sound of the new, likely self-titled project he hopes to release by late 2019 as "hitting the reset button... I'm in a mode in life where I wanted to tell stories with this record, and it's sort of like a wax museum of my thoughts, a study of the chamber of horrors in my head. All the romance and hope you can have in the world, here in the End Times where it can be a different kind of apocalypse for each person listening to the record. I tried to paint it with words, and Shooter with sounds, so you can see and hear all of your longing, your passion and despair. That's sort of a dramatic explanation of it. [Laughs] But it is full of drama. I wouldn't compare it to any of my other records, but you hear a bit of everything — it's like I've focused everything into one spot, finally."

Manson has had guest spots on a number of TV series, including Californication, Eastbound & Down, Sons of Anarchy and Salem.

Manson also told Revolver that he's working on an art book that compiles his paintings and sketches. He kicks off his Twins of Evil: Hell Never Dies Tour with Rob Zombie in Baltimore, Maryland, tonight (July 9).