In a relatively short career, Ezra Miller has already played his fair share of psychos. He’s already played the maniacal title character in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and he’s one of the primary villains in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Credence Barebone. Now, Miller might have found his most insane character for the upcoming miniseries, The Stand.
Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, The Stand is coming to CBS All Access next month, and Entertainment Weekly has the first pictures of Ezra Miller playing Trashcan Man. The photos include one of Miller looking fittingly nuts, covered in filth, horrible burn marks, and explosive instruments. The second photo shows Trashcan Man in his elements, watching a huge pillar of flames, one can assume he probably caused.
The Stand showrunner Benjamin Cavell says that Ezra Miller was a huge fan of the book and was very dedicated to the performance, which Cavell calls “brilliant.” Miller calls Trashcan Man “the embodiment of pyromania,” and the actor apparently worked very closely with the costume designers in order to bring the character to life. However, Trashcan Man doesn’t have much of a costume to speak of, as he wears little more than fireproof underwear and a vest that allows him to craft incendiaries.
The Stand tells the story of a global pandemic that has killed off more than 99 percent of the world’s population, causing the formation of two polar opposite groups. Ezra Miller’s pyromaniac Trashcan Man joins the villainous side with Randall Flagg, also known as the Dark Man, played by Alexander Skarsgård.
This new miniseries has an impressive cast, even beyond Alexander Skarsgård and Ezra Miller. The team of good guys, based in Boulder, is led by Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and features James Marsden as Stu Redman, Assassination Nation’s Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, and Fences’ Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood.
Also filling out this cast is Aquaman’s Amber heard as Nadine Cross, Split’s Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Arrow’s Katherine McNamara as Julie Lawry, Grey’s Anatomy’s Daniel Sunjata as Cobb, It’s Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Paper Town’s Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, The New Mutant’s Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Westworld’s Irene Bedard as Ray Brentner, The Newsroom’s Hamish Linklater as Dr. Jim Ellis, Boogie Nights’ Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, and As Good As It Gets’ Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman.
While Ezra Miller has been relatively light on roles over the last few years, we’re about to experience a burst of Miller films and television. In addition to The Stand, Miller will be reprising his role of The Flash in Zack Snyder’s cut of the Justice League, coming to HBO Max next year, while his starring role in The Flash is currently scheduled for November 4, 2022. Currently, Miller is filming his return as Credence Barebone in the third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film.
Ezra Miller looks to be a crazed standout in what looks to be a miniseries full of wild characters. We will see just how bonkers Miller can get when The Stand debuts on CBS All Access starting December 17, 2020.