March 02, 2012 2:50pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Walking Dead's' Robert Kirkman: David Morrissey is 'Going to Knock it Out of the Park'
After a year-plus of deferring questions about when -- and who -- would play the coveted role of The Governor on the AMC adaptation of is Image/Skybound comic The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman can breathe a sigh of relief.
The creator of the comic series and exec producer of the zombie series tells The Hollywood Reporter that fan response has been "really positive" to the casting of British actor David Morrissey as the legendary villain depicted in the comic series.
"It's been really positive," Kirkman said of fan response to the casting. "I know a fair bit of British people -- the artist on The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard, is from the U.K. and he is ecstatic."
AMC announced Morrissey's casting last week, with The Governor set to become a regular on the expanded third season of the series. The casting of the character -- who takes his name from his role as the leader of a group of survivors in a settlement in Woodbury -- had been long awaited by fans of the comics, which hit its 94th issue on Wednesday.
While Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is a fair leader, The Governor's sadistic methods of leadership are counter-balanced with a personal struggle involving his daughter.
BAFTA Award nominee Morrissey's credits include several British series, including Meadowlands, State of Play and The Deal, while his stateside work includes The Other Boleyn Girl.
"Anyone who has seen the various British television shows that Morrissey has been on knows that this guy is a superstar," Kirkman said. "The guys in the U.S. are actually doing research, and [hearing] a lot of positive comments about the guy."
"Having seen his screen tests and all of the acting that he's done, I know what's coming and what we're doing with The Governor and David Morrissey is going to knock it out of the park," he said.
What do you think of the casting? The 11th episode of The Walking Dead's second season airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC. Come back to THR's The Live Feed after the episode for our weekly Dissection.