With zombies overtaking vampires as pop culture’s favorite monster of the moment, Hollywood is racing to grab up new zombie properties after the success of The Walking Dead. Just throw in a young adult angle and you’ve got the recipe for success. The CW recently ordered a pilot based on iZombie, a popular comic book series from Vertigo Comics, and now it looks like the pilot has found its cast.
According to Deadline, writer/producer Rob Thomas has cast Malcolm Goodwin, David Anders, and Alexandra Krosney for the iZombie pilot. The show would center on Gwendolyn “Gwen” Price, a med student who turns into a zombie, then takes a job in a coroner’s office to gain access to brains, so she can maintain her humanity and sanity.
iZombie will also have a crime procedural aspect because the memories from the corpses haunt Gwen’s mind after she consumes them. She will team up with her medical-examiner boss and a police detective, played by Malcolm Goodwin, to solve homicide cases. Once the cases are solved, Gwen is at peace until she has to eat another corpse’s brain. Alexandra Krosney plays Gwen’s unsuspecting best friend and roommate, while David Anders plays the series’ villain, a wealthy man who gets in over his head with the drug trade.
Malcolm Goodwin is best known as Shea Daniels from A&E’s Breakout Kings. He also appeared in movies such as Get Rich or Die Tryin’, American Gangster, and Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna. Alexandra Krosney has mostly appeared on TV, with roles on Bones, Numb3rs, and Crossing Jordan. David Anders is most recognizable as Adam Monroe from NBC’s Heroes, but he was also a series regular on Alias and has popped up on Warehouse 13, Once Upon a Time, and The Vampire Diaries.
It’ll be a while before we know if The CW will order iZombie to series. Rob Thomas has a good relationship with the network, having created the cult hit Veronica Mars. Thomas has a penchant for creating short-lived, but beloved TV series, having also co-created Starz’s darkly humorous catering comedy Party Down. Hopefully, iZombie will maintain the quality but have a bit more staying power.
The CW and iZombie will join other networks currently getting into the zombie game, including NBC’s Babylon Fields. Cable network A&E has the remake of the hit French drama The Returned premiering this year, while ABC’s mid-season replacement series Resurrection is receiving good buzz. It premieres on March 9.
If iZombie does get picked up for series, it’s likely that it would premiere in The CW’s fall lineup this year.