Matthew McConaughey in talks to play Randall Flagg in The Stand

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Matthew McConaughey is nearing a deal to star in the rags-to-riches tale “Gold” for Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures, and he's also being courted for a lead role in Josh Boone's adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Stand,” TheWrap has learned.

Regarding “The Stand,” writer-director Boone has had McConaughey in mind ever since he won the coveted job, which he inherited from filmmakers such as Ben Affleck, David Yates and Scott Cooper. While an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap that Boone initially envisioned McConaughey as Stu Redman, who's immune to the plague responsible for wiping out most of the world's population, an insider confirms that McConaughey is now being eyed to play Randall Flagg, who's the primary villain in King's epic tale of good vs. evil.

The Oscar-winning actor is Boone and author Stephen King's first-choice for the movie, and it'll likely be up to the actor to choose which role he wants to play, should his schedule allow him to be involved.

“The Stand” was previously adapted in 1994 as an ABC miniseries starring Gary Sinise as Redman and Jamie Sheridan as Flagg.