7:41am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead' Prequel Casts Female Lead
AMC's The Walking Dead companion series has found its female lead.
Following an extensive casting search, Gone Girl and Sons of Anarchy alum Kim Dickens will co-star in the prequel series from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Dave Erickson, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The project, also known as Cobalt, takes place in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse. Kirkman's graphic novels, upon which The Walking Dead series is based, have never explored the origins of the zombie apocalypse.
Dickens will play the role of Nancy Tomkins, a guidance counselor who works with and is dating Sean. Nancy has two kids but it's unclear what happened to her husband. She has a troubled past that will come up later in the series.
Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) co-stars as Nancy's son Nick, who has battled a drug problem, and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) is set as Nancy's ambitious daughter Ashley, who is the polar opposite of Nick and has dreams of leaving L.A. for Berkeley when the apocalypse strikes.
Dickens, repped by Gersh, also counts Treme, Friday Night Lights and Lost among her TV credits.