The Walking Dead Casts Josh McDermitt, Michael Cudlitz In Graphic Novel Roles
Here’s the story on The Walking Dead from Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter posted Oct. 13th, 2013.
‘Walking Dead’ Casts Two Pivotal Comic Book Characters
UPDATED: “Retired at 35″ alum Josh McDermitt will portray Eugene, a former science teacher in the series created by Robert Kirkman, while “Southland’s” Michael Cudlitz will play tough-guy Abraham.
AMC’s The Walking Dead is bringing in two more pivotal characters from Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic series on which it is based.
Retired at 35 alum Josh McDermitt has joined the zombie drama in the series regular role of Dr. Eugene Porter, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He’ll be joined by Southland alum Michael Cudlitz as his traveling companion (and series regular role) Abraham, producers announced Saturday at New York Comic-Con, where the actor was a surprise addition, appearing in character from the audience.
[Warning: Spoilers from the comics series follow.]
In the Image/Skybound comics, Eugene is a former high school science teacher who first appears in the 53rd issue of the series. He travels with sports coach and Army Sgt. Abraham Ford (Cudlitz) and Rosita (new recurring player Christian Serratos).
The trio eventually crosses paths with Rick as they make their way to Washington. However, unbeknown to Rick as well as eventual couple Abraham and Rosita, Eugene is lying when he claims to know what caused the zombie outbreak and instead is using the physically superior former sports coach to protect him.
The character remains alive in the comics and proves to be a key part of Rick’s group, using his science know-how to manufacture ammunition.
The Walking Dead returns with episode 4×01 30 Days Without an Accident on Sunday Oct. 13th, 2013 9/8c on AMC.
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