The CBS All Access limited series is based on Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same name

Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard
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Stephen King fans, the countdown is on.

CBS All Access announced on Tuesday that its highly anticipated limited series The Stand, based on the prolific author's legendary plague novel, will debut on Dec. 17. The nine-episode series will drop weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.

The all-too-timely TV adaption of the 1978 book about a global pandemic stars Whoopi Goldberg as the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

The ensemble cast includes James Marsden as Stu Redman, Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Owen Teague as 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 Ratwoman, Natalie Martinez as Dayna Jurgens, Hamish Linklater as Dr. Jim Ellis, Daniel Sunjata as Cobb and Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman.

The series will close with a new coda written by King himself.

"During the two years we spent making The Stand, we all felt the responsibility of adapting what may be the most beloved work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, but none of us could have imagined that Stephen King's 40-year-old masterpiece about a global pandemic would come to be so eerily relevant," said Benjamin Cavell, showrunner and executive producer, in a statement. "We're honored to tell this sprawling, epic story, including a new coda that Stephen King has wanted to add for decades. We're so proud of this show and its attempt to find meaning and hope in the most uncertain of times. We can’t wait to share it with the world."

The Stand premieres Dec. 17 on CBS All Access.