If you saw the Walking Dead season 2 finale then you know that Michonne is already very much a part of the show, having shown up for an epic last-minute samurai-sword-save before poor Andrea (Laurie Holden) ended up as zombie chow. Check out the official announcement about the Michonne casting from AMC:
AMC has cast actress Danai Gurira (Treme/The Visitor) in the coveted role of Michonne in its original series, “The Walking Dead.” Tonight’s season two finale first featured the iconic character who will reappear in season three of the AMC series. Michonne, a fan favorite from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, is a mysterious woman armed with a sword.
What a great description of the character: "a mysterious woman with a sword." Totally demonstrates what makes the character so beloved by so many.
To elaborate on AMC's official breakdown: Michonne is a fascinating character in The Walking Dead comic primarily because she is so very badass. Imagine Clint Eastwood's Man with no Name character as a black woman with a name, and a samurai sword instead of a six-shooter. The fact that she is the one character in the zompocalypse to make the obvious good use of a samurai sword instantly makes her endearing. The fact that she may not have it all together mentally keeps her exciting. Gurira has won a coveted role and we're excited to see what she can do with it, as she walks the precarious tightrope that is playing a fan-favorite comic book character.
Rick and his diminished band of survivors are now camped so close to the iconic prison from the comics; Michonne has been thrown in the mix; Merle is sure to show his ugly face again; and we know that Basic Instinct 2 actor David Morrissey is playing the Governor, perhaps the most iconic villain in the series. Needless to say, Walking Dead season 3 is looking like a great time.
The Walking Dead starts filming in May for its fall 2012 season 3 premiere date.
Sources: AMC & Daily Dead