David Morrissey Cast as the Governor in THE WALKING DEAD

     February 24, 2012

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Prepare yourselves, Walking Dead fans: the Governor is coming. The fan favorite character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel series has long been anticipated on the television series, and now it appears that Kirkman and Co. are planning a big arc for the Governor in season three. AMC announced today that BAFTA-nominated British actor David Morrissey has been set in the coveted role. While the name might not be super familiar stateside (he starred in The Other Boleyn Girl), Morrissey’s British TV credits include State of Play, Meadowlands, and The Deal. It had previously been rumored that producers were looking for a big name to play the Governor (John Hawkes had been mentioned), but it appears that’s no longer the case.

In the comic series, the Governor runs a settlement in Woodbury with a stern hand and serves as a very dastardly villain. Rick and our current Walking Dead survivors will encounter the Governor during the upcoming third season of the show, which AMC expanded to 16 episodes. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if he makes a cameo appearance during the second season finale as a tease for viewers. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

walking-dead-the-governorHere’s the full press release:

AMC announced today that David Morrissey has been cast in the role of The Governor in the networks’ critically acclaimed hit series, “The Walking Dead.”  The Governor, a character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, is the leader of Woodbury, a small settlement of survivors, and becomes the chief antagonist for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group.

The Governor will appear in “The Walking Dead” season three, a 16-episode order from AMC, which begins production this spring in Atlanta.

A BAFTA Award nominee, Morrissey has appeared in many acclaimed British series including “State of Play,” “Meadowlands,” “The Deal” and “Blackpool.” Along with his celebrated work in television, Morrissey is also known for his leading roles in feature films such as The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl, Centurion, The Water Horse, Nowhere Boy and Blitz. He recently wrapped Welcome to the Punch opposite James McAvoy and Mark Strong. Morrissey is represented by The Collective and Troika in the UK.

“The Walking Dead” season two airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.

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