‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off Casts ‘Gang Related’ Star Cliff Curtis in Lead Role

By December 5, 2014
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After not being particularly happy with “The Walking Dead” thanks to their poorly timed, spoiler-ridden social media updates, their apology on Facebook has been accepted, and we’re ready to start talking about the upcoming companion series developing at AMC.

The spin-off just got a pilot order in September, and now the cast is coming together with THR reporting that Training Day and Live Free or Die Hard star Cliff Curtis (fresh off the Fox series “Gang Related”) is taking the lead role of Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife, Andrea. He’s described as a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life, but that probably gets harder in the zombie apocalypse.

The series, currently going by the name “Cobalt” will take place in the same zombie-infested world of “The Walking Dead” but in a completely different location. There have been rumors that this might give more insight into a time window closer to just after the zombie apocalypse began, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. This will have a lot more freedom to explore though since it’s not based on any comic book storyline.

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In addition to Curtis, Deadline also reported this week that Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) had been cast as Nick and Ashley, the offspring of the female lead Nancy Tomkins, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean, a role that has yet to be cast with testing still underway with various unnamed actresses.

Nick has a drug problem and Ashley is described as ambitious, but that’s all we have on those characters right now. The drug problem should make things interesting, mainly because that will make him an unstable survivor if he’s willing to put people in danger in order to get his hand on whatever he’s addicted to. There will likely be an inevitable detox as well.

AMC is being cautious with this spin-off by only ordering a pilot so far, and this companion series will certainly have a lot to measure up to with “The Walking Dead” being a massive success. There’s plenty of fans of the series who weren’t familiar with the comic book before the show premiered, so it shouldn’t have a problem finding an audience, but the show also has to be good for them to keep tuning in. Stay tuned for more.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.