Deadwood and Lost alum cast as The Walking Dead spinoff's female lead

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Dec 23, 2014, 1:01 PM EST

That Walking Dead spinoff series has finally found its female lead.

Deadline reports that after quite the lengthy casting process (AMC apparently tested a number of actresses for the role), actress Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Lost, Gone Girl) has been tapped to play the as-yet-unnamed female lead, a guidance counselor working with a divorced teacher named Sean Cabrera and played by Cliff Curtis (Gang Related).

She’s being described as looking “like the girl next door but has a darkness to her, a troubled past that will come back to haunt her.” Don’t they ever? That’s what makes for great TV viewing.

Dickens’ character also has two children, played by Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm). Dillane’s character is battling drug addiction, while Carey’s is being described as “ambitious.”

Code-named “Cobalt,” the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff will take place in Los Angeles. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing the undead and our new gang of zombie apocalypse survivors navigate the City of Angels.

The new spinoff was created by Robert Kirkman himself (the guy who wrote all those awesome Walking Dead graphic novels on which both shows are based) and Dave Erickson. Adam Davidson is set to direct the pilot.

What do you guys think of Kim Dickens as the female lead?

(via Deadline)