Cliff Curtis, best known for starring in Gang Related and Sunshine, reportedly landed the male lead on AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff.

Cliff Curtis Lands ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Lead

In The Walking Dead companion series, with the working title name Cobalt, Curtis is slated to play a divorced teacher named Sean Cabrera, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Similar to The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Sean has a young son and is the type of guy who is always trying to look out for everyone else.

The part of Sean’s son, Cody Cabrera, has yet to be cast.

In addition to Curtis, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’s Frank Dillane and Into the Woods actress Alycia Debnam Carey, have been cast in Cobalt. Dillane and Carey will play brother and sister Nick and Ashley Tompkins. As much as Nick is troubled, Ashley is ambitious. The part of their mother Nancy has yet to be cast.

Cobalt will exist within the same world as The Walking Dead in the start of the zombie apocalypse, but in a different setting. Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comic series, created Cobalt and is co-writing the series with Dave Erikson. Adam Davidson is directing.

“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” Kirkman said in AMC’s announcement back in September. “Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”

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