AMC announced that they have signed on Michael Rooker (Jumper) and Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints) to star in the much anticipated new series “The Walking Dead.” The two actors will play brothers Merle Dixon (Rooker) and Daryl Dixon (Reedus), one a redneck ex-con and the other equally as dangerous. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s The Walking Dead is currently in production in Atlanta, GA, and is scheduled to premiere this October during AMC Fearfest, the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films.
Rooker’s credits include such films as The Bone Collector and Slither, as well as an award-winning role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the shocking true story of Henry Lee Lucas. Reedus is best known for his role in the cult movie The Boondock Saints and most recently, he starred in the sci-fi feature thriller Pandorum with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster. He can be seen next in The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford and co-starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn and Kevin Kline.
Additional new cast members of “The Walking Dead” include Andrew Rothenberg (Jim), Juan Pareja (Morales), Iron E. Singleton (T-Dog), Jeryl Prescott Sales (Jacqui), Melissa McBride (Carol) and Adam Minarovich (Ed); all of whom are members of the “survivor’s camp.”
Three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer and executive producer and directs the pilot episode. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as executive producer along with Robert Kirkman, David Alpert from Circle of Confusion, and Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel). Jack LoGiudice (Sons of Anarchy, Resurrection Blvd) serves as co-executive producer.