Entertainment Weekly reports that former “Prison Break” star Sarah Wayne Callies has landed the female lead role in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Callies will play Lori Grimes, the “slowly-unravelingwife of the show’s hero, Rick.”
Frank Darabont will write, direct and executive produce the series. Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Charles “Chic” Eglee will executive produce.
“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who travel in search of a safe and secure home.
The series begins production in June in Atlanta with six, one-hour episodes for season one. It is set to premiere in October 2010 during AMC’s Fearfest.