'Gone Girl' Star Lands Lead Zombie-Kicking Role in 'Walking Dead' Spin-Off

Zombies are coming to Los Angeles, people, and AMC has finally announced who they've cast as the leading lady for the west coast Walking Dead series spin-off.


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Actress Kim Dickens has landed the plum role of Nancy Tomkins, who Deadline describes as a guidance counselor in a relationship with a divorced teacher. Her beau in question is played by Cliff Curtis (of The Missing) and is the show's male lead.

While that character description doesn't exactly sound like a bad ass zombie killer, we think Dickens has the pedigree to portray one seriously strong, dead-butt-kickin' lady.

For starters, she played no-nonsense Detective Rhonda Boney in the film adaptation of Gone Girl, and one of her TV credits includes Deadwood, in which she played Joanie Stubbs, the old west town's successful madam who wasn't about to let anyone keep her down.

She can catch the bad guys and hold her own in the wild west? This woman can handle zombies.

So far I'm really excited about the spin-off casting choices. Much like the Walking Dead they're taking talented actors who aren't household names and putting them in major roles, which just makes the whole zombie thing a little more believable. It would be easy to take an A-list star and throw them at a bunch of monsters, but that would give the show a campier, less-thrilling feel.

The yet-to-be-titled series begins filming in early 2015 in Los Angeles. Can't wait!

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