AMC's upcoming The Walking Dead Spin-Off series has landed three cast members who will star in lead roles on the upcoming show. We first learned that the network was looking to expand the franchise last year and, back in April, we got official confirmation that a third series based on the Image Comics series by creator Robert Kirkman is, indeed, in the works. While details on how the events in this new series are going to unfold are still being kept under lock and key, we have our first plot and character details to go along with the casting news.
According to a new report, Alexa Mansour (Unfriended: Dark Web), Nicolas Cantu (The Good Place) and Hal Cumpston (Bilched) are all set to star in the series, which still doesn't have a title. The series is said to center on two female protagonists who are amongst the first generation to come-of-age in the zombie apocalypse. The news was seemingly confirmed by AMC in a tweet, which we've included below. Mansour will play one of the protagonists, with a second to be cast at a later date. Mansour's character is said to be a "good-natured rule breaker who lives for today" who is "likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside."
Nicolas Cantu is reportedly set to portray someone who is small for his age, while also described as friendly and an "old soul." Most interestingly, the unnamed character has a black belt in karate. Apparently, karate lessons are still a thing in a zombie-filled world? Hal Cumpston's character, on the flipside, is big for his age who is shy and actually scares other kids his age, and his character isn't fond of that fact.
AMC currently has The Walking Dead gearing up for its tenth season, with Fear the Walking Dead currently in the middle of its fifth. While the flagship series has been subject to a steep decline in ratings over the past couple of seasons, the network is in no way feeling deterred. In addition to this new series, they are also set to produce a trilogy of movies featuring the return of Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. This all comes as Robert Kirkman recently, in a very surprising and unceremonious way, ended the comic book series that this universe is based on with its most recent issue.
The currently untitled new series was created by franchise head Scott Gimple, as well as Matt Negrete, who has been a writer on the show for the last five seasons. Negrete has also been tapped as showrunner. The new series will kick off production this summer on its first season, which will consist of ten episodes. Production will take place in Virginia, which is notable since the main series generally films in Georgia. The plan is for the show to air sometime in 2020. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any additional details are made available. This news was first reported by Variety.