The new series, about to go into pilot before the end of the year, is penned by showrunner Dave Erickson and “TWD” creator Robert Kirkman.
Rumors have run rampant recently that the new show might be a prequel of sorts, focusing on the early efforts to combat the zombie infection in its infancy, and these character descriptions appear to corroborate that information.
There are two big things to take away from these descriptions. One, there appears to be a heavy focus on familial relationships in this Walking Dead spin-off pilot, and two, the descriptions hint heavily that the story takes place in a pre-apocalyptic Walking Dead world – so expect to see a LOT of panicked prepping, looting, and (hopefully) some serious military action.
List Of Characters
SEAN CABRERA | A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.
List of Actors being looked at for the role
Édgar Ramírez – (Bourne Ultimatum, Deliver Us From Evil) Personally, Edgar could read the phone book for two hours on camera and I’d still pay to watch it. I’ve watched him defeat demons, it’s time for him to face some zombies.
Gael García Bernal – (Amores Perros, Letters to Juliet) a lesser known talent, a hit spinoff show could be just what Bernal needs to springboard his career. He might be a little young for this role, but he might be perfect.
Benjamin Bratt – (Modern Family, 24) A familiar face on TV, seeing Bratt in a stronger, yet likely hugely conflicted role would be a nice change-up. He’s an intense actor, and a zombie apocalypse would be the perfect challenge.
Adolfo Martinez (A Martinez) – (Longmire, Curse of Chucky) While he might be a little older than intended for the role, Martinez is a strong screen presence and would have no trouble keeping his teenage son in line, as well as kicking zombie ass.
CODY CABRERA | Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.
NANCY TOMPKINS | A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.
NICK TOMPKINS | Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.
ASHLEY TOMPKINS | Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.
ANDREA CHAPMAN | A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea — yep, another Andrea! — has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.
Carrie-Anne Moss – (Fido, Memento) When it comes to girls with an edge, Moss has it down. She’s played a zombie housewife before in Fido, and kicked ass on multiple occasions in multiple films. Perfect for the role? Oh maybe.
Gabrielle Union – (Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty) Comfortable on TV and on the big screen, Union has what it takes to make a big jump in her career, and a single mom battling zombies might be just the way to go. She’s beautiful, and she’s tough enough to handle her kids and the apocalypse.
Marisa Tomei – (Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Wrestler) While Tomei is usually cast as “the good girl” it might be time for her to let out her inner zombie killer. I know she’s got it in there, and the apocalypse has a way of changing people, doesn’t it?
Molly Ringwald – (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Jem and the Holograms ) Oh Molly. Much like Tomei, Ringwalk is always cast as the “good girl,” but she definitely has an inner badass, and there’s nothing I’d like to watch more than this fiery redhead taking on a zombie attack.
Rebecca Gayheart – (Vanished, Nip/Tuck) Sadly, Gayheart has been mostly cast in roles that focus on the bubble-headed end of the spectrum, and it’s time for a change. A mother in real life, Gayheart might be the perfect balance of motherly support and hidden zombie ass-kicker abilities needed for this role.
Regina King – (Big Bang Theory, The Strain) King is a no-nonsense, no bullsh*t kind of leading lady. Is King just the kind of single mom with a hidden edge that this series needs? I say yes.
Jake T. Austin – (The Fosters) Already a familiar face on TV, Austin’s next move could be facing off against zombies while dealing with family drama, instead of just family drama.
Michael Trevino – (Vampire Diaries) No stranger to being a heartthrob or to horror on TV, Trevino would bring an experienced edge to the role and we’d definitely be looking at an interesting father/son dynamic or even a power struggle.
Carlos PenaVega – (Big Time Rush) Fairly new to the acting game, depending on who is chosen for the role of his father, Sean, PenaVega could be the catalyst to creating some interesting family tension…but taking on zombies too? Maybe…
Tyler Posey – (Teen Wolf, Scary Movie 5) As the titular character in Teen Wolf, Posey is no stranger to horror TV, and the transition from killer wolf to killing zombies could be an easy one for him. Plus, he’s definitely ready for the fandom…
“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them,” Kirkman explained in the press release.
The Walking Dead’s comic book creator and original series executive producer Robert Kirkman will be an executive producer on this new series alongside Gale Anne Hurd, with Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) acting as the showrunner. Erickson and Kirkman penned the pilot, and if AMC likes what they see, we could possibly see the show premiere sometime in 2015.