After Cliff Curtis landed the lead role in “The Walking Dead” spin-off, currently going by the name “Cobalt,” AMC has just locked down a female lead for the companion series that will follow a new group of survivors during the zombie outbreak, but this time in Los Angeles.
Deadline reports Gone Girl star Kim Dickens, who played the lead detective in David Fincher’s thriller, is taking the role of a guidance counselor who works together with a divorced teacher (Curtis), with whom she’s also in a relationship. The character is described as looking like the girl next door but has a darkness to her, a troubled past that will haunt her.
Dickens character also has two children from a previous marriage, Nick and Ashley, played by Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods). The kids should shake things up since Nick has a drug problem and Ashley is described as ambitious.
The spin-off still counts Robert Kirkman as creator (who is also executive producing with Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert), even though the series is only inspired by his graphic novel series and not based on any stories from the graphic novel. Dave Erickson co-created the series and will act as showrunner while Adam Davidson is set to direct the pilot episode of the series.
As of now there’s only a pilot ordered for the series on AMC, but if the audience who loves “The Walking Dead” latches onto the spin-off series just the same, then this one should be around for awhile. The question will be if these characters will become as dear to fans as the current line-up. The fans are currently in uproar over the death of Beth at the midseason finale, asking for writers to bring the character back.
Anyway, there’s probably more casting on the horizons as production of the pilot gets nearer. As of now, the two leads are already making for a promising assembly of talent. Stay tuned to see how the spin-off develops.
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