We’ve got some casting updates on The Walking Dead and a newly announced sci-fi thriller, so let’s dive right in.
It’s not surprising that the cast of a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller is constantly in flux. So, AMC’s The Walking Dead is yet again changing things up by promoting two recurring stars to series regulars, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Avi Nash and Callan McAuliffe, who joined the series for its eighth season, will be set as series regulars for Season 9.
Nash, who pays Siddiq, first appeared in the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead when he meets Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs). After Rick drives him away, Carl later reunites with Siddiq and helps him kill a few walkers, but unfortunately gets bitten while doing so (thanks, Siddiq). McAuliffe plays Alden, a former member of Negan's Saviors who becomes a prisoner of Maggie's (Lauren Cohan) Hilltop community.
Nash and McAuliffe are joining the cast of The Walking Dead as series regulars just as former series regulars Riggs (Carl) and Steven Ogg (Simon) are parting ways with the show. The Walking Dead is both Nash's and McAuliffe's first series regular roles.
Season Nine of The Walking Dead premieres in October.
Meanwhile, Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) are set to star in the forthcoming sci-fi-mystery-thriller The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, Variety is reporting.
Christopher MacBride (The Conspiracy) is on board to write and direct. Lee Kim will produce for Resolute Films. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures are executive producing.
Based on the synopsis on the website of Protagonist Pictures, which is handling international sales and launching the film to buyers in Cannes, Fred “both literally and metaphorically” travels “back to his past,” where he unravels a mystery concerning “a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a terrifying creature that has now followed him into adulthood.”
“Fred (O’Brien) is not a detective, a secret agent or a philosopher,” according to a statement issued by Protagonist Pictures. “He’s a normal guy approaching 30 and going through an existential crisis as he finds himself on the precipice of full-blown adulthood.”
The Education of Fredrick Fitzell begins shooting this summer.