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Casting: The Walking Dead walks out comics character; new additions for The Good Place, Snowpiercer and Future Man

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Aug 24, 2018

Another recurring character is about to walk out of the pages of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels and onto the set of AMC’s The Walking Dead although she’s just a tad late to arrive in time for a TV reunion with her comic book boyfriend.

THR reports that Cassady McClincy (Castle Rock, Ozark) has signed on to play Alpha’s daughter Lydia in a recurring Season 9 role, forgoing the relationship she and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) kindle in the comics — since, you know, the show already killed Carl off during the midseason premiere of Season 8 a few months back.

With the changes coming fast as Season 8 reached its finale, TWD is stocking up on comic book crossovers to fill the void left by longtime standbys like Riggs and his on-screen dad Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), who’s also on the way out. How the show will adjust for all the shifting characters and scenarios that will further distinguish it from the comics is all just a fun part of the speculation, until The Walking Dead returns to AMC beginning this Oct. 7.

Poor, sincere Chidi (William Jackson Harper) is about to get a little help in the afterlife as NBC’s The Good Place nails down newcomers to its Season 3 cast, thanks to the addition of Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Barry, Killing Eve), who’ll play a new recurring character named Simone, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Simone reportedly will enter the story after Chidi — now with a second lease on life back on Earth — recruits her to help him “figure out if there’s something wrong with his brain,” as creator Mike Schur explained to EW.

A fellow university academic who works alongside Chidi in Australia, Simone reportedly will bring comedic contrast with her very different approach to being a brainiac. Simone “has science and math on her side,” where Chidi dwells on the metaphysical. The Good Place returns to NBC on Sept. 27.

The second season of Hulu’s Seth Rogen executive-produced Future Man also is picking up a new recurring character, thanks to the addition of Fresh Off the Boat’s Timothy Hornor, reports Deadline.

Hornor reportedly will play a character named Lathe, “an integral member of a unique family group that Wolf (Derek Wilson) becomes a part of thanks to a case of mistaken identity.” 

Future Man follows the tale of super-gamer Josh Futterman, who gets by in his day job as a janitor while waging a proxy campaign, led by enlightened visitors from the future, as the chosen one who can save the world from a coming invasion. Hulu hasn’t yet revealed when Season 2 of Future Man will debut.

Finally, TNT’s upcoming series adaptation of the 2013 Bong Joon-ho movie Snowpiercer is picking up steam with the reported addition of three fresh actors for recurring roles.

Via Deadline, Timothy V. Murphy (Sons of Anarchy), Happy Anderson (Bright), and Jonathan Lloyd Walker (Van Helsing) are joining already-signed actors Jennifer Connolly, Steven Ogg, Daveed Diggs, and the rest of the dystopian, futuristic thriller's sizable cast.

Via the report, Murphy will play former British Special Forces Commander Grey, a leader who “relishes getting his hands dirty and being in combat.” Anderson will play Klimpt, a physician “who oversees those unfortunate enough to be sentenced to the coffin-like Drawers.” Walker has been cast as Big John, who’s been conscripted into slavery from the impoverished mass of humanity relegated to the back of Snowpiercer’s ever-moving, icebound train.

TNT is currently reshooting portions of Snowpiercer, and has not announced a release date.

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