Darabont wants Simon Pegg to walk with ‘The Dead’ again

By Todd Gilchrist

On Saturday, April 17, Frank Darabont appeared at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, TX, to host a screening of The Shawshank Redemption. Darabont was honored the previous evening at the Dallas Film Society Honors, where he received the Star Award for his ongoing contributions to cinema, and brought in his personal print of Shawshank to screen for fans and Dallas Film Festival attendees. Prior to a q&a following the screening, Hollywood News caught up with Darabont in the lobby of the Magnolia, where he offered a few hints at some of the guest stars he wants to appear on his zombie-themed TV series The Walking Dead, including Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg.

Unfortunately, we were unable to record Darabont’s exact words regarding Pegg and his other would-be guest stars. But the writer-director said that he thinks Pegg is an incredibly under-rated dramatic actor, and think he would be ideal to appear on the show. Additionally, Darabont said that he hopes that actor William Fichtner will be able to guest star on the show, indicating that he has a role that would be good for the Armageddon and Date Night co-star in the script for the sixth episode.

Darabont added that he’s about six weeks away from the start of production on the first episode, which he plans to shoot in Atlanta. Although he has yet to cast the show’s female leads, Darabont has cast previously announced choices Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal as Rick Grimes and Shane Walsh. Behind the scenes, Darabont plans to reunite with his Majestic cinematographer David Tattersall, and is collaborating with production designer Gregory Melton and First Assistant Director K.C. Colwell, both of whom also worked on Darabont’s last film, The Mist.

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