The new spinoff series in The Walking Dead universe has just taken its first major steps towards filming. The new series has cast three major lead roles.
According to Variety, Alexa Mansour (Unfriended: The Dark Web), Nicolas Cantu (The Amazing World of Gumball), and Hal Cumpston have all joined the project in starring roles. While official character descriptions have not yet been released from AMC, Variety says that Mansour’s character is a “good-natured rule-breaker who lives for today.” Cantu’s character is described as a “friendly and old soul,” and Cumpston’s character is described as “a shy loner.”
The news of a third Walking Dead series was announced earlier this year in April. A press release from AMC detailed that the series, “will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.” Mansour will be filling one of the lead roles and a second role is still yet to be cast.
Scott M. Gimple and longtime Walking Dead writer and producer Matt Negrete. Negrete will also serve as showrunner.
At the time of the series announcement, Gimple said in a statement:
The Walking Dead is about to enter its 10th season on AMC and Fear the Walking Dead is in the midst of its 5th season on the network. Additionally, a trilogy of Walking Dead films are in the works centering around Rick Grimes. The new spinoff series is said to begin filming this summer and will begin with a 10-episode season airing in 2020.
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