According to The Hollywood Reporter, British actor Andrew Lincoln has been cast as Rick Grimes, the small-town policeman caught up in the aftermath of of a zombie apocalypse and charged with leading a small group of human survivors. Lincoln is best known for roles in the 2003 film "Love Actually" and the celebrated British television series "Teachers."
The actor will join previously announced cast member Jon Bernthal, who will play Grimes' former partner and best friend, Shane. The series starts shooting in May or June, with "The Mist" and "Shawshank Redemption" director Frank Darabont serving as writer, director and executive producer on the project.
"The Walking Dead" is based on an ongoing Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, who offered up some words of praise for Lincoln.
“What an amazing find this guy is," wrote Kirkman in an official 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 here he is. I couldn't be more thrilled with how this show is coming together."
Previously, I spoke to Kirkman at length about the project and why he believes Darabont has the proper vision to bring the series' drama to television.
"When I heard that Darabont was interested in doing it a long, long time ago, I was just ecstatic," Kirkman told MTV News. "For me, 'The Walking Dead' is not necessarily a horror thing. It's not all about the shocks. It's about characters and all of that dramatic nonsense. And Darabont does that better than anybody."
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