Deadline is reporting that Kim Dickens has been cast as the female lead opposite Cliff Curtis in the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff, which begins filming early next year. As we reported last week, the offshoot of the massively popular primary show will take place in Los Angeles, and we are now starting to learn more details as the cast and story take shape.
Dickens has bounced around between film and TV, having recently starred in Gone Girl and played Colette on the FX hit, Sons of Anarchy. She has also played prominent roles on Deadwood, Friday Night Lights, Lost, and the 2008 film Red. Definitely not an actress afraid of playing emotionally draining and down-trodden characters that The Walking Dead values so much.
Currently code named “Cobalt,” the still unnamed Walking Dead spinoff will revolve around Dickens, playing a guidance counselor, and a divorced teacher (played by Cliff Curtis) in a working relationship as they fight their way through the walker apocalypse. Dickens’ character will have two children from a previous marriage as well as looking the part of “the girl next door but [with] a darkness to her, a troubled past that will come back to haunt her,” as Deadline put it.
The Brady Bunch-esque family drama surrounding Dickens’ and Curtis’ characters could mean that the show is going to remain heavily focused on characters, instead of the walkers at large. Not much of a surprise given that Robert Kirkman is producing the show, but it will comes as a relief of a lot of Walking Dead fans who don’t want too much about the over world being spoiled.Source: Deadline