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AMC's next Walking Dead spinoff project, a six-episode anthology series set in the rotting confines of the undead mythos, has officially begun casting. Variety confirms that Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Poppy Liu (Better Call Saul), Parker Posey (Lost in Space), Anthony Edwards (Designated Survivor), and Jillian Bell (Godmothered) have all boarded Tales of the Walking Dead in undisclosed roles.
“We’ve worked hard to create unique, interesting, and unexpected characters for both old and new TWD fans, and I’m thrilled that these are the actors who will bring them to life. I can’t wait for you to see the depth, drama, terror, and, yes, humor they bring to the screen,” showrunner and executive producer Channing Powell (a veteran producer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead) said in a statement published by Variety.
“Anthony, Jillian, Terry, Parker, and Poppy are the first wave of singular talents who will further expand the Walking Dead Universe into harrowing, hilarious, heartfelt, and horrifying new realms and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the family, along with these terrific directors. More announcements, more wonderful folks to come," added executive producer and Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple.
Plot details are currently locked up tight in the Commonwealth, but it has been confirmed that the unrelated stories will feature characters both new and familiar. What established heroes or villains will turn up? When in the timeline do these tales take place? The answers to both of those questions continue to remain shrouded under a thick layer of walker entrails.
Haifaa al-Mansour (Archive 81), Deborah Kampmeier (Queen Sugar), Tara Nicole Weyr (Fear the Walking Dead), and producer Michael Satrazemis have been tapped to direct the show. Satrazemis started his Walking Dead tenure as a camera operator and 2nd unit director of photography before working up to the role of director for 17 episodes.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the second part of its final season Sunday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. ET. AMC+ subscribers will be able to stream new episodes a week ahead of their wide network debut. A premiere date for the third block of eight episodes has yet to be fixed.
The series finale will reportedly serve as the jumping off point for yet another spinoff centered around a pair of OG characters: Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride).
Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond recently wrapped up their seventh and second seasons respectively.