Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Walking Dead Casts Rick! -- Premiere in October?

Just over a week ago, AMC greenlit a six-episode start to the television adaptation of The Walking Dead, the hit comic book series by Robert Kirkman which has been going strong with monthly issues ever since its start in 2003.

On the casting front, Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) was rumored for the role of Rick Grimes but we now know that Frank Darabont has chosen British actor Andrew Lincoln.  Lincoln may not be a recognizable face (yet) but he’s done quite a bit of British TV work

“Dead” creator and writer Robert Kirkman said:

“Andrew Lincoln, wow — what an amazing find this guy is,” declared Kirkman in a press statement. “Writing Rick Grimes month after month in the comic series, I had no idea he was an actual living breathing human being and yet he is. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this show is coming together.”

The Walking Dead was won in a bidding war by AMC last August and it’s been on the fast-track ever since, with a pilot being announced earlier this year. The series officially begins production in June and is set to premiere in October during AMC’s Fearfest event.

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