Looking for a female superhero? AMC just cast one in the form of Gone Girl, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, Treme and Friday Night Lights alum, the awesome Kim Dickens. In it’s-about-time news, Dickens will take the lead in the new Walking Dead companion series; she’ll play the (presumably more stable) “Rick Grimes” to a different group of survivors based in and around Los Angeles.
Tentatively titled/code-named Cobalt, the Robert Kirkman/Dave Erickson penned spinoff takes place at the outset of the same zombie apocalypse as TWD, and centers on a small, more familial group. Dickens will play Nancy Tomkins, a guidance counselor in a relationship with divorced teacher, Sean Cabrera — played by Cliff Curtis (Gang Related, Missing, Body of Proof). The pair are joined by Frank Dillane (Harry Potter’s Tom Riddle) as Nancy’s druggie son, and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm, The Devil’s Hand, The 100) as Nancy’s daughter, Ashley.
Prior to her casting, I was pretty ambivalent about a secondary series, but adding Dickens — who’s been consistently great across many roles — means Cobalt is now must see. Can we start talking about Daryl’s crossover yet?
Erickson (Marco Polo, Low Winter Sun, Sons of Anarchy) will be showrunner, and Kirkman will executive produce the series, expected to premiere in 2015.