AMC’s upcoming “companion project” for “The Walking Dead” has entered the casting phase.
Still untitled, the spinoff to the cable network’s ratings monster is expected to debut in 2015. It will focus on an entirely different set of survivors than the original series, and it won’t be based in Georgia.
One of the characters is named Andrea, but don’t freak out: It’s not the same Andrea who was always trying to ruin the show and get everyone killed.
“Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman is keeping most details of the show under wraps, but he did share some musings with Comic Book Resources in a recent interview.
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“There hasn’t ever been any leftover ideas from ‘The Walking Dead’ that I could use in something like this, but it is an opportunity for me to start over from scratch and see ‘Can I … construct a new world and a new pocket of this universe that is just as entertaining but completely different,” Kirkman said. “And I think we’ve pulled it off. We’re casting now, and we’ve got a date for when we’re filming. Things are moving pretty quickly, and I hope around summer next year we can start talking with people more about it.”
Kirkman is working with writer/producer Dave Erickson of “Sons of Anarchy” on the series. Last month, a list of main characters was released.
SEAN CABRERA: A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.
CODY CABRERA: Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.
NANCY TOMPKINS: A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.
NICK TOMPKINS: Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.
ASHLEY TOMPKINS: Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.
ANDREA CHAPMAN: A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.
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