'Walking Dead': What Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz Are Doing Next

Both fan favorites exited the AMC zombie drama in Sunday's season-seven premiere.
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'The Walking Dead'

AMC's The Walking Dead lost two key members of its family during Sunday's season-seven premiere.

But while the memories of Steven Yeun's Glenn Rhee and Michael Cudlitz's Sgt. Abraham Ford will live on forever on the AMC zombie drama, both actors remain in-demand names in Hollywood.

Yeun, who grew up on The Walking Dead playing the former pizza delivery guy and the group's moral compass, in April booked a co-starring role in Snowpiercer filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's Okja.

Starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, the monster drama centers on a girl (Seohyun An) who befriends a genetically manufactured pig named Okja. When the pig grows up to gigantic proportions, the corporation that created him takes him, thrusting the girl, now a teen, into a mission to get it back. Production started in April in South Korea, Canada and the U.S. A release date for the Netflix feature has not yet been determined.

Beyond that, Yeun has a voice role in Netflix's and DreamWorks' animated Trollhunters series from another horror master, Guillermo del Toro. Yeun voices Steve, a school bully with a mysterious journey. The series debuts Dec. 23 on Netflix.

Further down the line for Yeun is McG's indie action thriller Mayhem. Joe Lynch (Everly) directs the film, which will reteam Yeun with Circle of Confusion, the production banner behind The Walking Dead. Mayhem, which is awaiting a debut date, centers on a virus that's capable of making people act out their wildest impulses — it infects a corporate law office on the very day attorney Derek Saunders (Yeun) is framed by a co-worker and wrongfully fired. Trapped in the quarantined building, he is forced to fight tooth and nail not only for his job but also his life.

Yeun is also in postproduction on another Image Comics take, Chew, the animated comedy that was previously in development as a live-action series at Showtime. It is based on the Rob Guillory comic book series about Detective Tony Chu (Yeun) who is a "cibopath," a person who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats, and is set in a world where bird meats are illegal after bird flu killed millions of Americans. Yeun is a longtime fan of the best-selling comic. Felicia Day is attached to co-star. 

Cudlitz, meanwhile, has remained busy with a recurring role on HBO's Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson football comedy, Ballers. The show's former loyal soldier, whom Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple fought to cast after AMC executives thought he was too recognizable from Southland, has a top-secret project in the works, with a formal announcement expected to come soon. 

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