All has been quiet on the “Walking Dead” spinoff/companion series front for a while now, but a leaked casting sheet should give fans a good idea of what direction the new AMC show is heading in. The series recently got a pilot order, and now it seems like it’s ready to start casting.
reveals the casting call, which makes “The Walking Dead 2.0” sound markedly similar to the original zombie survival show — despite all Zap2it
‘s excellent suggestions
. There are two core families making up the original survivors, it’s seemingly set in the south again — while the phrase “get out of dodge” means to leave someplace immediately, the fact that the word “Dodge” is capitalized in the below casting call could mean the show is set in Dodge City, Kan. — and there even is another Andrea.
Here’s the full casting call that was revealed, though it’s worth noting that this isn’t confirmed by AMC and some deviations could be made by the time the characters actually make it to the small screen:
A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.
Cody Cabrera: Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.
Nancy Tompkins: A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.
Nick Tompkins: Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.
Ashley Tompkins: Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.
Andrea Chapman: A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea — yep, another Andrea! — has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.
This casting call only reveals facts and character traits, so it’s still too early to read too much into the companion series. Still, there was some hope that the new show would follow a different format from “The Walking Dead,” and from this casting call it doesn’t look like that is the case.
Rumor has it the spinoff, which is being written by “Sons of Anarchy’s” Dave Erickson and “Walking Dead” comics creator Robert Kirkman, will be set in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. Those involved with the project have repeatedly said it won’t feature characters from the comics.
When Zap2it spoke with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd
about the companion series at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, she said, “Given that the world lends itself to having multiple characters, I don’t know that it’s going to be as large an ensemble. I’m sure that we’ll be following more than one [character].”