Ever since the news broke that Frank Darabont (The Mist) was adapting the absolutely, insanely good comic book series The Walking Dead into a series for AMC, I have been steadily tapping my foot. If you’ve read the series, you know — it is simply amazing. Brutal, vicious, unrelenting, and, considering the concept (survivors of the zombie apocalypse struggle to get by), refreshingly real and honest. It’s an all-around remarkable series — the characters are incredibly well fleshed-out, the stories are riveting, and the art is fantastic. Also? It will break your fucking heart. More than once.
But enough gushing. The big questions among the followers of the books have been about casting, and now we finally have some news. The first, and less exciting news, is that Jon Bernthal has been cast as Shane, a fellow police officer and friend of the main character, Sheriff Rick Grimes. Grimes himself has now been cast, and he’ll be played by Jonny Lee Miller. Miller, who’s British but should have no problem working out the accent, was most recently in the excellent Endgame, but most people remember him as Sickboy in Trainspotting. Or as Crash Override in Hackers, if there’s a giant sucking void in your brain. I actually really like him — he was very good in Endgame, and he pretty much looks the part:
(image courtesy of Bloody Disgusting)
So we’ve got our lead, our director and our network. AMC has apparently ordered six episodes, which will make up the first season. We’ve also got our effects company — KNB Effects Group, who also did the effects for From Dusk Til Dawn and Bubba Ho-Tep.