Just as ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ has wrapped up its fifth season, and ‘The Walking Dead’ is set to kick off its tenth, production is underway on a third series set within that zombie-ridden world. Though the name hasn’t been announced, we do know that the cast is largely made up of younger actors– Aliyah Royale as Iris and Annet Mahendru as Huck, with Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston, and Alexa Mansour. One older actor that is part of the show is Nico Tortorella who was cast as Felix, “an honorable man of his word who isn’t afraid to fight for others’ safety and acceptance,” in early August. As he mentions, most of his castmates are “15 to 21.”
While promoting his new memoir, ‘Space Between’, he spoke briefly to the Chicago Tribune about his new ‘Walking Dead’ series, its time setting, and his role:
“His name is Felix and he is very much the protector of a younger generation. The show is focusing on a younger generation of people, 10 years post-apocalypse, and I’m kind of the dad in charge.”
It seems in real life, Tortorella is also taking on a mentor role with the young cast when the cameras aren’t rolling, which he sees as paying back all of the lessons he learned from working with older actors in his younger days.
“This has been the greatest gift working on the show with this younger generation… But in terms of the craft and how I got to where I am in this industry? Everything that I ever learned about being an actor has been gained working with older established actors. I’ve always been the younger one — pun completely intended — onset until this point. And now I’m able to give that back and I’m loving it.”
This new ‘Walking Dead’ series is set to debut in the spring of 2020, with AMC keen on the idea of it airing back-to-back-to-back with ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and the original ‘Walking Dead’.
Check back for more news about the series as it becomes available.