Following the back-to-back panels for ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ at San Diego Comic-Con, the event was capped off with the announcement of the leads in the upcoming third ‘Walking Dead’ series, which is said to focus on two female protagonists and would center on the first generation to come of age in the zombie apocalypse.
While a lot of details about the show are still under wraps, we now know that the two female leads will be Aliyah Royale, who plays a character named Iris, and Annet Mahendru, who plays Huck. ‘Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the first episode.
Speaking of episodes, there will be ten in the first season. A brief synopsis was provided:
Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.
Royale co-starred on the critically-acclaimed CBS All Access miniseries ‘The Red Line’ and has appeared on ‘Major Crimes’ and ‘Mann and Wife’ among other TV shows. Mahendru most recently appeared on Amazon Prime’s ‘The Romanoffs’. She previously portrayed Nafisa Al-Qadi on ‘Tyrant’ and Nina Krilova on ‘The Americans’.
Three cast members were announced last week– Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston, and Alexa Mansour. It has now been revealed that Cantu’s character’s name is Elton, Cumpston’s is Silas, and Mansour’s is Hope.
‘Walking Dead’ chief Scott M. Gimple offered some insight into this new series at SDCC, saying:
“There’s a big secret about the Walking Dead universe. All these years we’ve just seen a tiny sliver of the Walking Dead world. There’s a whole lot of world out there.
“The big secret is that all along, there have been other civilizations that survived the apocalypse. We saw hints of that in Season 7 of The Walking Dead and again in [Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 episode ’The End of Everything,’ and now we’re about to show a lot more of the world in a bunch of different projects.
“These kids can grow up in a place of comfort and security, but they leave everything on a dangerous quest, and are being pursued by adults on their own. We’ll see kids become heroes and some become villains. We’re going to open up a whole new world of TWD.”
Gimple created this series with Matthew Negrete, who is acting as showrunner. Negrete has acted as writer and executive producer on the main ‘Walking Dead’ series for the last five years. The spinoff is now filming in Virginia.