‘Zombieland’ TV Series Finds Its Wichita

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Zombieland Wichita Casting Zombieland TV Series Finds Its Wichita

Once bogged down by seemingly-endless setbacks, preparation for the sequel to Zombieland seems to have taken off like a stolen SUV. After securing a “broadcaster” through Amazon’s streaming service, the Sony Pictures Television-produced show picked up half of its principal cast last week.

As of today, it looks as if we can bump that figure up, as Zombieland has cast a new actress to fill the shoes of Emma Stone (Gangster Squad). Maiara Walsh (The Vampire Diaries) looks to have been chosen to portray acid-tongued survivor, Wichita.

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Maiara Walsh will portray adept con-woman Wichita in the upcoming Zombieland series. She joins Izabel Vidovic as Wichita’s sister, Little Rock, and Tyler Ross as geeky lead, Columbus. This leaves only Tallahassee (previously portrayed by Woody Harrelson) to round out the core cast.

Walsh has had a decently extensive career in television, most notably on Desperate Housewives and the more recent Switched at Birth. She’s scored roles in several smaller films and will take part in the Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer spoof The Starving Games later this year.

While none of the principal performances in Zombieland were particularly weak, Stone’s turn as the cynical huckster Wichita was a definite standout. Tough and sarcastic, Stone counterbalanced the nervous awkwardness of Jesse Eisenberg’s Columbus and the overcompensating machismo of Harrelson’s Tallahassee.

Zombieland Full Cast Zombieland TV Series Finds Its WichitaAs with the other roles already recast for the Zombieland show, the main question is whether Walsh can replicate – or even enrich – a performance that was widely praised in its original incarnation. Even if Walsh’s interpretation of Wichita ends up being different than the film (and given the involvement of the movie’s writers, this seems rather unlikely), one can only hope that the comparison with Emma Stone doesn’t overshadow her actual performance.

Zombieland has no set release date, but at the current pace of its casting will no doubt enter production sooner rather than later. We at Screen Rant will keep you informed of all the gory details.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter [via Coming Soon]

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  1. on second thought…. why are they recasting the leads? they should just have different characters in the zombieland world, that way the original cast could do cameos and the door would still be open for a zombieland 2

    • I thought that too. But the writers decided it was too hard to create new character names that are also city names.

    • They did the same thing with buffy. and no one seemed to care. this is no different.

  2. She’s attractive…but she seems to act only on shows that I don’t watch (so far) so I can’t make any judgement. Still, I’m looking forward to hearing more about this show.

  3. So will this be on tv or amazon? I’m a bit confused about the whole amazon thing.

    • Amazon prime is similar to Netflix or Hulu. Just online streaming.

      • On-line streaming PLUS free 2-day shipping 😉


  5. you are replacing Ema Stone with this Miley Cyrus wannabe?

  6. Ugh, I watched Cory in the House and from that I have no idea how she can replace Emma.

  7. Terrible idea. Unbelievably terrible. These people are going to destroy these characters we already know and love. How could they possibly think they could replace anyone like Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and especially Woody Harrelson? I mean are you seriously going to cast an actress from “Corey in the House”……How dare you.

  8. So does this mean there is not going to ba a Zombieland 2?

    I loved the first one and have been anticipating the second, if this is all we get, I’m very disappointed.

    I saw the guy they cast the other day on here, he looks like he’s 14 and now this is only streaming on Amazon or something, what a way to destroy what could have been a fantastic movie franchise.

    I though I heard that all the original actors were open to reprising their roles, what happened with that?

  9. They should cast Dean Norris as Tallahassee then you will have your hit show!

    That guy is awesome in Breaking Bad, funny and badass in equal measure!

    • Chuck Norris would be better,he would kick some Zombie ass !

  10. One word: fail!

  11. Horrible idea. Maiara Walsh is just aweful. She makes Kristen Stewart’s acting look oscar worthy. This series has gone to bad idea to total fail. Next thing they’ll do is cast Colin Farrell(Total Recall Farrell) as Tallahassee. Ugh

  12. Who cares who is playing as long as they give a good performance !!!
    Really looking forward to it,with the original writers and creators on board this could be really good !