With some casting already handled, AMC has finally found an actor to play Rick Grimes, the reluctant hero of its The Walking Dead series adapted from the Image comic by Robert Kirkman. According to THR, that man is Brit Andrew Lincoln, who is probably best known for romancing Kiera Knightley in the film Love Actually.
In case you’re not familiar with the comic or the series, it revolves around a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse and their struggles with said zombies and within their group as well. The group is led by Rick Grimes, a former cop who also struggles with his own demons, both external and internal.
According to the trade, Kirkman couldnt be more pleased with the selection of Lincoln. “Andrew Lincoln, wow–what an amazing find this guy is,” said Robert Kirkman, who wrote the comic book series upon which the series is based. “Writing Rick Grimes month after month in the comic series, I had no idea he was an actual living breathing human being and yet here he is. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this show is coming together.”
Jon Bernthal, currently seen in HBO’s The Pacific, has already been cast in the series as Grime’s former police partner Shane. The Walking Dead, which is being adapted, produced and directed by Frank Darabont, starts shooting in June in Atlanta.
With Grimes cast, now what I’m wondering who’s going to play the Samurai sword wielding Michonne?