Yeah, so remember last week when we reported that Johnny Lee Miller was the front runner to play Rick Grimes, the lead character in Frank Darabont’s AMC adaptation of the Image Comic series “The Walking Dead?”
Never mind. Miller’s been tossed, and the lead has officially been offered to and accepted by Andrew Lincoln, another Brit. Who is Andrew Lincoln, you ask? Well, most of our readers probably recognize him as Mark, the lovestruck fool who covets his friend’s new wife in the incredibly divisive Love, Actually. That’s the only film I’ve ever seen him in.
Lincoln actually has a relatively lengthy resume consisting mainly of British television shows and BBC productions. I was actually kind of excited for Miller, having just seen him in Endgame, but I’ve nothing bad to say about Lincoln. He’s about the right look for it (Source, image courtesy of Slashfilm):
Based on his resume, he seems a capable enough actor, though perhaps our British readers (or American ones who follow British TV) can chime in further on his acting abilities. All I know is, Grimes is going to be a tough character to portray — in the comics, he’s a tough, family-loving guy who’s forced into a leadership role that he doesn’t particularly want, but accepts simply because there’s no one else to do it. He has to make some terribly difficult decisions, and also has to take some truly brutal actions to protect himself and those he loves. Is Lincoln up for showing us that side? A gritty yet loving guy who, when pushed, will do the worst things imaginable to protect those he loves?