New ‘Walking Dead’ Casting News & Production Images [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 15th, 2010 at 2:55 pm,

the walking dead New Walking Dead Casting News & Production Images [Updated]

[Update: We've added a second production image to the lineup]

From the moment it was announced that Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) was partnering with AMC to adapt The Walking Dead comic book into a television series, I knew that the odds were good we were in for some quality work. Darabont is a talented writer/producer/director and AMC is currently running two of the best shows on television- Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

Today, we’re getting even more good news. Michael Rooker (Jumper) has joined an already impressive cast that includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Laurie Holden.

The news comes through Shock Till You Dropwho pointed to an announcement on Rooker’s Twitter account.

“On my way to Atlanta soon to work with my new best friend Frank Darabont on The Walking Dead.”

The 55-year-old Rooker has had memorable roles as the title character in Henry: Portait of a Serial Killer, the disapproving father in Mallrats, and one of Wyatt Earp’s allies in Tombstone.

Like its acclaimed comic book counterpart, The Walking Dead series follows a group of people trying to survive in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. While there’s no indication which character Rooker might be playing, some have speculated it might be Jim – the stoic mechanic haunted by the death of his family. Depending on how far the narrative moves forward in its first season, I think Rooker would also be a solid choice for Hershel – the farmer and veterinarian who offers the main characters temporary refuge.

Earlier this month we got a look at some behind the scenes prosthetic work from The Walking Dead. Now, thanks to Coming Soon, we’ve got the first official production photo showing one of the undead characters in action and actor Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes.

the walking dead zombie New Walking Dead Casting News & Production Images [Updated]

Rick Grimes The Walking Dead New Walking Dead Casting News & Production Images [Updated]

The behind the scenes images were already pretty awesome, but seeing one of the zombies in context is even more impressive. While it’s hard to take away too much from one photo, this is amazing work and it seems like they’re going to great lengths to preserve the tone of the comic.

What do you think of the photo? Is Michael Rooker a welcome addition to the cast of The Walking Dead? Which character do you think he’s playing?

Source: Coming Soon and Shock Till You Drop.

Update Source: Coming Soon

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  1. cant wait to see this am a massive fan of the comics hope they stay true to it ,if they do its going to be one of the best programs on tv =)

    • amen to that!

  2. Amc is slowly becoming the nudity free HBO. That’s how good their programming is getting

    • is that a good thing or a bad thing?

      • good thing, pervchacho. especially since everything else is nudity free suck-ass-television.

  3. Sad thing is (maybe) I thought I read they were not saying “true” to the comic.

    I always ask “Why not?” A comic while a book is still a visual medium. How hard is it to flesh out a show/movie replicating it from the book?

    I mean if it was on Cartoon Network with a G rating….

    Doesnt mean I wont watch it…. I just don’t understand.

    • I have a hard time believing that you read this right.

      • I have a hard time believing that he read this, at all!

  4. Having read and loved all the comics, i was SUPER concerned when i heard this was getting turned into a tv show. UNTIL i watched breaking bad. BB proved that AMC has really got this figured out, not to mention we have the director of Shawshank helming this.

    While i am still reserved until i actually see the show, I’ve realized that story is king and the most important tool for making a show dark and gritty. Look at True Blood, it has nudity and gore but it’s a shoddily-written piece of crap compared to the super heavy mood of Breaking Bad.

    Crossing my fingers for this one…

  5. plz plz plz plz plz, this series better not suck every buddy bin waiting for dawn of the dead like series