WALKING DEAD has first cast member

Last August, I reported that Frank Darabount (THE GREEN MILE, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) would be bringing the acclaim graphic novel THE WALKING DEAD to AMC. Since then, the show has been greenlit and a cast member has been announced.

THR is reporting that Jon Bernthal will play Shane. Shane is a police officer and was partner to the main character Rick Grimes. Grimes has not yet been cast. Jon recently appeared in THE GHOST WRITER and has also been in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM II (played Al Capone) and WORLD TRADE CENTER.

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

No word on when production might start.