On the heels of its first piece of casting news and word that the series had been picked up for a six-episode run, today AMC announced that it has cast actor Andrew Lincoln as lead character Rick Grimes in executive producer Frank Darabont's TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's Image Comics zombie series "The Walking Dead."
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the British star's involvement with the series and had a quote from Kirkman, who said, "“Andrew Lincoln, wow--what an amazing find this guy is. Writing Rick Grimes month after month in the comic series, I had no idea he was an actual living breathing human being and yet here he is. I couldn't be more thrilled with how this show is coming together."
Lincoln starred in the BBC sitcom "Teachers" for three years and is perhaps best known to American audiences for romancing Keira Knightly in the Christmas romantic comedy "Love Actually." As fans of the "Walking Dead" comic know, Grimes is the series protagonist and its one promised survior as the zombie apocalypse has a knack for rolling over supporting cast pretty quickly.
With Lincoln's casting, fans can expect things to heat up for the May-filming series as Darabont and Kirkman have already been joined by more writing staff in the form of "Dexter" producer Charles "Chic" Eglee. Check back to CBR in the weeks ahead for more casting and creative news on "The Walking Dead" TV series as it becomes available.