A few days ago we reported that the AMC network green-lit a six-episode start to the television adaptation of The Walking Dead, the immensely popular comic series by Robert Kirkman. Right on the heels of this nerd appeasing news AMC announces that the books main protagonist has been cast. Andrew Lincoln will play small town cop, father, husband and one armed badass, Rick Grimes.
Lincoln is a bit of an unknown. He’s past work primarily consists of British TV including stints on This Life, and Teachers. Unsure if this classy brit can fufill the role of the burden heavy leader of a group of survivors coping with the zombie apocalypse? Well, fear not because he’s got Robert Kirkmans endorsement. Robert was qouted saying: “Andrew Lincoln, wow, what an amazing find this guy is.”
He said: “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.”
If he’s good enough for Robert Kirkman he’s good enough for us.
The Walking Dead is about people coming together to survive and the story follows a Kentucky police officer, Rick Grimes, and his family along with a bunch of other survivors who work together in resistance of the world that’s been overrun with zombies. As I’ve said before, It’s not about Zombies popping out of no where to give us a good scare. No, it’s a rich, smart, character driven story about what happens when a group of peope are forced to survive in a world ruled by the dead. It’s filled with great moments of suspense, psychological terror and gut wrenching loss. It will make for a fantastic television series.
The series officially begins production in June and is set to premier in October during AMC’s Fearfest event.