‘The Punisher’ actor Joe Holt has signed on for the upcoming third ‘Walking Dead’ series, which doesn’t have a title yet. Holt’s character is named Leo Bennett and is described as “a solid family man and respected professor with a generous heart and unwavering optimism for the future. He’d risk his life to save the people he cares about.” However, the adults won’t be the focus of this series. Instead, it will center on a group of teenage characters– the first generation to come of age in the zombie apocalypse. ‘Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the first episode.
Annet Mahendru and Aliyah Royale will play the show’s leads, named Huck and Iris, respectively. The young cast also includes Alexa Mansour as Hope, Nicolas Cantu as Elton, and Hal Cumpston as Silas. Another adult actor, Nico Tortorella has been cast as Felix, “an honorable man of his word who isn’t afraid to fight for others’ safety and acceptance.”
Not much has been revealed about the characters or the premise of the show, but it has been revealed that Elton is “small for his age in addition to being friendly and an old soul. He also has a black belt in karate,” Silas is “big for his age. He is a shy loner that scares some kids, but he hates the fact that he scares people,” and Hope is “a good-natured rule-breaker who lives for today. She is likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside.”
Holt has extensive TV experience, having appeared on ‘The Punisher’, ‘The Player’, ‘Franklin and Bash’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Three Rivers’, ‘Prison Break’, ‘God Friended Me’, ‘The Good Cop’, ‘The Resident’, ‘Instinct’, ‘The Tick’, and ‘Bull’.
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.
The new ‘Walking Dead’ series is now filming in Virginia. It is expected to air next year.