Cliff Curtis, who you might remember for playing Pablo Escobar in Blow, Smiley in Training Day, Agent Dax Miller in Missing or Javier Acosta in Gang Related, has been cast as the male lead for AMC’s new The Walking Dead Companion series pilot.
New Zealander Curtis often plays tough or dangerous characters, but in the pilot he will be a divorced teacher, described as a “good man trying to do right by everyone in his life,” who is paired with a female guidance counselor as they try to survive the walkers in a yet-to-be disclosed location, Deadline reports.
No casting announcement has been made for the female guidance counselor, but she will have two children played by Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (who co-starred in Into the Storm with The Walking Dead alum Sarah Wayne Callies). Dillane’s character is unfortunately saddled with a drug problem during the apocalypse. Carey’s character is described only as “ambitious.”
It has to be noted that The Walking Dead producers routinely use fake character descriptions to throw spoiler hounds off the scent, so these might not hold true when the show airs.
The show is code-named Cobalt, is set in a location separate from Atlanta, and will be directed by Adam Davidson.