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The Walking Dead Spinoff Cobalt Casts This Gone Girl Actress As Its Female Lead

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Kim DickensThe Walking Dead may be on its annual midseason hiatus, but we’ve definitely had plenty to talk about in regards to AMC’s involvement in the zombie apocalypse. We’ve been hearing about the spinoff, or companion series as they appear to prefer it be called, now titled Cobalt, for some time, but the network has recently revealed details and pieced together the core cast, and they just added another actor. The upcoming zombie drama will feature Kim Dickens as the female lead.

Dickens is the forth of the major part to be cast and, according to Deadline, she joins Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey. I don’t know much about the two younger actors, but you’ve seen Dillane in one of the Harry Potter movies playing Tom Riddle, and Aussie Debnam Carey made her American debut last summer with Into the Storm, and can be seen playing a Grounder leader on The CW’s The 100. Curtis and Dickens, however, are more known quantities, and should serve as a solid anchor for this new series.

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The Walking Dead Spinoff Isn’t Set Anywhere Near Georgia

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the-walking-dead-infected-season-four-11The Walking Dead has been going strong for four-and-a-half seasons at this point, but we’ve really only ever explored Georgia. No offense to the Peach Tree State, but we’d like to see what’s going on elsewhere in the world, to check out how other folks cope with being overrun by hungry undead cannibals. That’s where the long-gestating spinoff comes in. We know that it is called Cobalt, we even know a couple of the main actors, but we weren’t sure where it is set, until now. And the setting couldn’t be any more different from rural Georgia, as the action takes place in Los Angeles.

TV Line reports that the zombie apocalypse is indeed spreading to the City of Angels. Not only is that more than 2000 miles away from Atlanta, but it’s also a totally opposite environment. Sure, the core series has ventured into Atlanta a time or two, but they primarily stick to the small towns and less densely settled areas. Setting the series in a major urban center, in such a population center, automatically makes this a different kind of narrative, which is exactly what we want out of a new show.

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The Walking Dead Spinoff Cobalt Cast This Veteran Actor In The Lead Role

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Cliff CurtisThe character of Rick Grimes on AMC’s hit The Walking Dead is a polarizing figure. Some love him, some hate him, I’m just glad that over the last season or so he’s starting to resemble the character I’ve loved for years in Robert Kirkman’s comics, the grim leader who makes the decisions that no one else is capable of making, and who has to live with the consequences. Every series needs a strong figure at the center, and the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff, which we recently learned is called Cobalt, has cast its lead, their Rick Grimes if you will.

Deadline reports that Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) has signed on to take the key role of Sean Cabrera. In an earlier character run down he is described as “A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” He is also a divorced teacher, which explains how he comes to know one of the other primary characters, Nancy Tompkins, who is a guidance counselor.

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The Walking Dead Companion Series Adds Two Cast Members And This Title

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zombie fenceNow that season 5 of The Walking Dead is on a mid-season hiatus until February, we probably won’t hear as much on that front as usual. There will still be quick peeks and bits of news, but likely not the constant glut that we get in the thick of new episodes. One thing we do have some fresh news on, however, is the slow burning spinoff. We’ve seen character descriptions, but now it has two cast members to fill those roles, as well as a shiny new title.

According to Deadline, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey have both been cast in the pilot of the new series, which is now titled Cobalt. You have to imagine that the full official name is The Walking Dead: Cobalt, or something like that in order to capitalize on the popularity of the core show, but right now the report simply refers to it as Cobalt. Dillane is going to be most recognizable as the 16-year-old Tom Riddle from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, while the Australian Debnam Carey made her U.S. debut this past summer in Into the Storm. She was also cast in the AMC pilot Galyntine, which the network recently passed on.

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