Earlier this year, we http://movieweb.com/exclusive-the-walking-dead-wants-john-hawkes-as-the-governor-tom-savini-campaigning-for-the-role/chatted with horror legend Tom Savini, who revealed that he was actively campaigning for the role of The Governor on The Walking Dead Season 3. AMC wanted Academy Award-nominate actor John Hawkes, who declined the role.
It looks as though Tom Savini wasn't their ideal replacement. They have now officially cast the coveted and all-important role of The Governor, announcing today that David Morrissey (best known in the states for his roles in movies such as Blitz and Centurion) has won the part.
Here is the official 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 3, a 16-episode order from AMC, which begins production this spring in Atlanta.
A BAFTA Award nominee, David Morrissey has appeared in many acclaimed British series including State of Play, Meadowlands, The Deal and Blackpool. Along with his celebrated work in television, David Morrissey is also known for his leading roles in feature films such as The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl, Centurion, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Nowhere Boy and Blitz. He recently wrapped Welcome to the Punch opposite James McAvoy and Mark Strong. David Morrissey is represented by The Collective and Troika in the UK.
The Walking Dead Season 2 airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.
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