We have been waiting a long time for this announcement, and following the season finale of The Walking Dead last night…it couldn’t have come at a better time. Read on to find out who will be playing the sword wielding lawyer Michonne.
Walking Dead” creator and the show’s executive producer Robert Kirkman revealed the identity of the actress who would play Michonne and it’s…
The name may only be familiar if you watch HBO’s New Orleans drama “Treme” because she’s appeared on six episodes, but Ms. Gurira has been making small appearances on television shows and in movies for years. Getting the gig as Michonne is huge and is very likely to make her a household name if the show keeps doing as well for AMC as it has the last two seasons.
To tie into her introduction on the show, there’s also a six-page Michonne origin story in the April issue of Playboy Magazine on newsstands now.
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Stay tuned for more information about the third season of “The Walking Dead” as it’s announced but for now, you can read the official AMC press release about the casting of Michonne below:
AMC CASTS ICONIC CHARACTER MICHONNE IN
“THE WALKING DEAD”
New York, NY – March 18, 2011 – AMC has cast actress Danai Gurira (Treme/The Visitor) in the coveted role of Michonne in its original series, “The Walking Dead.” Tonight’s season two finale first featured the iconic character who will reappear in season three of the AMC series. Michonne, a fan favorite from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, is a mysterious woman armed with a sword.
“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by walkers, where the interpersonal conflicts often present a greater danger than anything else and over time, the characters grow willing to do almost anything to survive.
“The Walking Dead” received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestically and internationally. “Above all else, “The Walking Dead” hasn’t lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it’s thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter). “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (US Weekly). “The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in.”(The Guardian- UK). “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel-Germany).
“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for best television series and won the 2011 Emmy award for outstanding prosthetic make-up. It is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert.
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