AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will see one of their main stars leave to join the spin off series “Fear the Walking Dead”. Actor Lennie James is officially leaving the series to join the prequel, in which he will continue to play Morgan Jones. The announcement was made on Sunday when James was a surprise guest on Talking Dead.
“Morgan’s arc in The Walking Dead season eight positioned him for the story on Fear the Walking Dead,” Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple said via a statement by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. “It was also important to see Fear‘s world and characters through new, yet familiar eyes.”
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James said he begins filming “Fear The Walking Dead” on Monday, with his scenes to be streamed live via the show’s social media accounts. The actor, who was the first person Rick encountered after waking up from his coma in the show’s TV pilot, finished filming on the Atlanta set of “The Walking Dead” several days ago and appeared on Talking Dead via satellite from Austin, Texas, where the show is moving its production.
“From the very first moment the whole suggestion of Morgan going over to Fear the Walking dead, the hardest part of that, from beginning to now, has been leaving The Walking Dead,” James said.
“Leaving that cast, leaving that crew. I’ve said my goodbyes to the cast and I’ve said my goodbyes to the crew. That show stands or falls on the back of that crew. And I’m going to miss them very much.”