"Sarah Wayne Callies to star in <i>The Walking Dead</i> We reported earlier this month that Andrew Lincoln had been cast as the male lead in a new AMC series and now it seems the female lead has been set as well. Ausiello Files is reporting that former Prison Break star Sarah Wayne Callies has been cast as the female lead in The Walking Dead.

Callies will portray Lori Grimes, the wife of Lincoln's Rick Grimes. The series follows Rick Grimes, a cop who lead a group of survivors after a zombie outbreak occurs. Jon Bernthal has already been cast as Shane, another survivor who was Grimes' police partner before the outbreak.

The series was given a six-episode order by AMC and Frank Darabont is writing, directing and executive producing the series, which is based off the comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The show will begin production this June in Atlanta, with the series set to debut in October.