The world of The Walking Dead is continuing to expand.
AMC recently placed a series order for a third series set in a zombie-filled world, and now the cast is starting to take shape.
Variety is reporting that the show has cast Alexa Mansour as one of the two female leads on the forthcoming series.
This marks Mansour's first regular TV role, following guest-starring roles in How to Get Away with Murder, The Resident, and Madam Secretary.
Mansour's character is a likable rebel who has a witty sense of humor that helps mask her inner sadness.
Casting is still underway for the other female lead.
Nicolas Cantu has also joined the series as a karate kid who is small for his age, while Hal Cumptson plays a loner who hates that he scares his peers.
AMC placed an order for this new series back in April.
It comes from Scott M. Gimple and longtime writer Matt Negrete and “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.”
An official title has yet to be announced, but the show is slated to get underway this summer for a 2020 launch.
"Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a ‘Decade of the Dead’ on TV and over 15 years of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic,” said Gimple in a statement in April.
“Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD’s long history — I’m thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we’ve seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.”
“We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television,” said David Madden, AMC’s head of programming.
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