First Cast Member of AMC’s Walking Dead

The project chronicles the months and years following a zombie apocalypse and revolves around survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe home.

Bernthal will play Grimes’ partner and friend Shane, an outgoing bachelor.

Frank Darabont wrote the adaptation and will direct the TV pilot. Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion are executive producing with Darabont.