Even though The Walking Dead comic book series was cancelled last week, and the AMC series has been seeing waning ratings, the network is moving forward on the new series. The yet to be titled show will join The Walking Dead (now in its tenth season) and Fear The Walking Dead (soon to start season 5), when it premieres in 2020. To show that things are moving forward, it was announced yesterday that the first three major roles have now been cast.
The new series will follow the story of two female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come of age in during the zombie apocalypse. The three hired to star in the new series are Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston. Variety has stated that their sources have told them that Mansour’s character is a good-natured rule breaker who lives for today, and is likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside. Cantu’s character is said to be small for his age in addition to being friendly, an old soul, and who has a black belt in karate. Cumpston’s character is said to be big for his age, and a shy loner that scares some kids, but he hates the fact that he scares people.
The three actors have varying degrees of experience. Mansour has several television credits to her name, including Madam Secretary, How To Get Away With Murder and SEAL Team, as well as the horror film Unfiltered: Dark Web. Cantu has done both voice over work, as well as having appearance on television shows such as The Good Place. While Cumpston starred in and wrote the Australian coming of age comedy Bilched.
The new Walking Dead series will begin production on its 10 episode first season in Virginia this summer.