Andrew Lincoln has signed on to star as Rick Grimes in three "The Walking Dead" movies for the AMC network.
The British actor starred in his very last episode of the post-apocalyptic horror series on Sunday night, and now he will continue his character’s story in a trilogy of feature-length projects written by "The Walking Dead"'s chief content officer Scott Gimple.
“We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met,” said Gimple in a statement. “These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features.”
The first film is expected to begin production as early as 2019, but unlike the series, the films will not be direct adaptations from "The Walking Dead" comics, written by Robert Kirkman, that the show is based on. As well as seeing Lincoln reprise his role as Rick, the features will also star Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis/Anne, who played a pivotal role in Rick's final moments on episode five of season nine of the show.
In an interview with The New York Times published online after the episode aired, Lincoln insisted he was “categorically” not returning to the television series. But discussing the film series, he shared he was interested to find out what had occurred away from the strand of the story depicted on the show.
“I thought the idea of a character that the audience knows and has lived with — and who has oscillated between psycho and father for nine years — to start in a completely different place, was a really interesting, crazy place to begin,” he explained. “I want to know why we keep seeing helicopters flying around. What’s going on? What have the grown-ups been doing while we’ve been scrambling around in the dirt?”