The planned third Walking Dead TV series has reportedly cast three of its major roles. Robert Kirkman kicked off the whole Walking Dead phenomenon in 2003 with the original post-apocalyptic zombie comic book, and in 2010 the comic made the jump to television, as AMC debuted the first season of what would go on to become one of the most successful series in cable history.
With The Walking Dead proving that television fans had a hunger for ongoing post-apocalyptic zombie mayhem (mixed with a big helping of soap opera), AMC in 2015 debuted the spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. Even though the original show has seen its ratings dip in recent years, and Fear itself has never entirely found its footing, AMC still plans a third series in the franchise, this one featuring two young female protagonists and focusing on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse. Scott Gimple is developing the new series along with Matt Negrete, the latter of whom will act as showrunner, with an eye toward kicking off production this summer.
With production set to commence soon, that third, as-yet-untitled Walking Dead series has now begun putting together its young group of apocalypse survivors. As reported by Variety, the show has added actors Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston to the cast. Sources say Mansour’s character is a “a good-natured rule breaker who lives for today. She is likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside.” Cantu’s character is described as “small for his age” and is a black belt in karate. Cumpston’s character is “big for his age” and a “shy loner that scares some kids.” AMC has yet to confirm the report.
Of the three above actors, Alexa Mansour has the most experience, with previous credits that include Madame Secretary and the horror film Unfriended: Dark Web. She'll be playing one of the show’s two female protagonists, with a second actress yet to be added. Mansour’s new TWD universe co-star Cantu previously appeared on The Good Place, and had a voice role on the animated series The Amazing World of Gumball. Cumpston meanwhile has just one prior credit, the 2019 Australian comedy Bilched.
Given the flagging ratings for The Walking Dead, many were surprised to learn AMC was going back to that well for a third series. But, TWD continues to be a money maker for the network despite the dip in ratings, and the network obviously has faith that Scott Gimple can deliver a successful series (even though Gimple is widely blamed for having driven the flagship series into the ground during his showrunner tenure). Considering the problems TWD has had depicting kid characters, Carl Grimes being the most notable case of a young protagonist whom fans became increasingly annoyed with, it’s fair to wonder if it’s really wise for them to make a whole series focusing mainly on younger characters.