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'Walking Dead' spinoff casts male lead

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A key role has been filled on The Walking Dead companion series.

Cliff Curtis (Gang Related, Sunshine) has joined the project in what’s described as a male lead role, EW has confirmed. The actor will play a father who’s trying do to the right thing.

Curtis joins previously cast Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods).

The Walking Dead companion series is at the pilot stage, written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, but is almost certainly getting an eventual series order. It’s set in the same zombie apocalypse universe as the original hit series, yet in a different location (and possibly during a different time as well).