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The Walking Dead Season 5 Casting Begins: Who Will Play Abraham? Negan? Can You Be The Next Governor?

By Tony Sokol | December 23, 2013 02:33 PM EST


The Walking Dead Season 5 casting has begun. Notices are springing up like infected zombies. No, don't go to your local CDC. Go to Atlanta, don't listen to Rick. Sure, it's been overrun by walkers but those walkers are getting paid to stumble around like that. And they're not the only Walking Dead characters getting cast.

The Governor died last season. Hershel lost his head in Walking Dead Season 5. This leaves a vacuum. In the comics, the next good guy to hit the scene is Abraham. He's an ex-army guy from Texas who lost his wife and two daughters to the zombies. He's going to be very important to Rick.

The next bad guy, who's not a walker, is Negan. Negan leads a group of survivors called The Saviors. Negan's got a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire that he calls Lucille. I don't want to give too much away. And I can't anyway because The Walking Dead TV series veers so far off the path laid out by the comic books. They do that intentionally, by the way. It keeps fans guessing.

The Walking Dead was renewed by AMC for a fifth season. The Walking Dead lost its creator Frank Darabont early on and it's been chomping along under new show runners without him. It hasn't hurt the ratings though. Filming for the fourth season wrapped up in late November.

AMC just put out the first casting notice for The Walking Dead Season 5. Actors, get out your headshots and resumes. Then dunk those headshots in goo. The Walking Dead is looking for new series regulars, recurring roles, and guest starring roles.

Non-Actors who want to spend their time on set decaying can submit their profile information to extras casting.

Casting hasn't yet for The Walking Dead spinoff series.

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns to airing on AMC on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Here is the full The Walking Dead' Season 5 Casting Calls and Auditions Notice:

"The Walking Dead" season 5 will start out with a trip to Washington DC.

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Important: Casting for new series regulars, recurring roles, and guest starring roles will begin soon. Photo and resume submission details are posted below. Casting information for the new Walking Dead spinoff series will also be posted here.

On October 29, 2013, AMC officially renewed the Golden Globe Award nominated horror drama series "The Walking Dead for a fifth season. Darkwoods Productions, Circle of Confusion and Valhalla Entertainment will begin production on season five in early 2014. The show's casting directors in Los Angeles and Atlanta will begin holding auditions. Actors may be considered as long as they are eligible to work in Atlanta and in the United States. Shooting takes place in the state of Georgia. The extras and stand-ins are cast throughout the entire season on a daily basis as needed. Extras who are hired to play zombies are required to attend a brief "Zombie School" to learn how to bring the characters to life. The series is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

 "The Walking Dead" is centered around Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies or as The Walking Dead characters call them, Walkers. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair - and sometimes each other - the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home. Season 5 begins with Rick and the group is heading to Washington DC, where they meet new danger and a new enemy. Once again, Rick must do whatever it takes to keep the rest of the group safe.

Starring in "The Walking Dead" is BAFTA Awards nominee Andrew Lincoln as the show's main protagonist Rick Grimes. Among the many other actors starring in the series is two-time Young Artist Awards nominee Chandler Riggs as Rick's son Carl Grimes; Steven Yeun is Glenn Rhee, the son of Korean immigrants; Norman Reedus plays Southern hunter and expert tracker Daryl Dixon; Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. plays Bob Stookey; Melissa McBride plays the fragile character Carol Peletier; Scott Wilson portrays Hershel Greene; Emily Kinney plays Beth Greene; Chad L. Coleman plays Tyreese; and Sonequa Martin-Green plays Sasha.

 Two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee Scott M. Gimple is executive producer and took over as showrunner after Glen Mazzara's departure. Independent Spirit Awards winner and Valhalla Entertainment CEO Gale Anne Hurd also serves as executive producer. Dave Alpert and Robert Kirkman executive produce for Circle of Confusion. Five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Gregory Nicotero and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Tom Luse round out "The Walking Dead" executive producing team.

All talent including minors and foreign actors MUST and be legally eligible to work in Atlanta, GA and in the United States.

The Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in the State of Georgia and the United States:

  • Georgia Child Labor Entertainment Employment Information Sheet
  • Georgia Child Labor Summary Sheet
  • Georgia Employment Certificate Guide for Minors Under 18
  • USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
  • Immigration Work Permit Information
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Application

 In addition to the following Atlanta Actors Resources:

  • Atlanta Casting Directors List
  • Atlanta Extras Casting Directors List
  • Atlanta Talent Agents List
  • General Talent Agent Information
  • Atlanta Acting Classes and Schools List
  • Atlanta Actors Unions and Professional Organizations
  • Summer Performing Arts Camps
  • Atlanta Headshot Photographers List
  • Audition Tips
  • How To Make an Audition Video
  • Sample Actors Resume
  • Sample Beginning Actors Resume
  • Sample Cover Letters
  • Entertainment Industry Terminology
  • PDF Users Guides

 The 2014 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

 See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

 No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

 Sharon Bialy

 Sherry Thomas

 5933 W. Slauson Avenue

 Suite 2105

 Culver City, CA 90230


 Lisa Mae Fincannon

 Fincannon & Associates

 500-D Amsterdam Avenue

 Atlanta, GA 30306


 I highly recommend that your 8x10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

 Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

 The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


 "Project Name"

 "Role of _______"




Extras Casting


 Patrick Ingram

 Extras Casting Atlanta

 1123 Zonolite Road

 Suite 7A

 Atlanta, GA 30306

The Walking Dead Extras Registration

 Production Companies:

 Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

 American Movie Classics

 11 Penn Plaza

 15th Floor

 New York, NY 10001

 Darkwoods Productions

 301 E Colorado Blvd

 Suite 705

 Pasadena, CA 91101

 Valhalla Entertainment

 3201 Cahuenga Blvd W

 Los Angeles, CA 90068

 Circle of Confusion

 8931 Ellis Avenue

 Los Angeles, CA 90034

 Executive Producers:

 Scott M. Gimple

 Gale Anne Hurd

 Dave Alpert

 Robert Kirkman

 Greg Nicotero

 Tom Luse


 Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director's role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner (in this case, Scott Gimple).


 Andrew Lincoln - Rick Grimes

 Chandler Riggs - Carl Grimes

 Steven Yeun - Glenn Rhee

 Norman Reedus - Daryl Dixon

 Melissa McBride - Carol Peletier

 Lauren Cohan - Maggie Greene

 Scott Wilson - Hershel Greene

 Danai Gurira - Michonne

 Emily Kinney - Beth Greene

 David Morrissey - Phillip Blake

 Chad L. Coleman - Tyreese

 Sonequa Martin-Green - Sasha

 Larry Gilliard, Jr. - Bob Stookey

 Jose Pablo Cantillo - Caesar Martinez

 Melissa Ponzio - Karen


 When a police officer awakes from a coma he finds a zombie apocalypse has killed much of the human race.

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